The splendours of life on earth … and music – DarwinTunes at Imperial College London

Dr Bob MacCallum and Prof Armand Leroi developed DarwinTunes at Imperial College London where they provide not only fellow scientists with food for thought: the same questions will be of interest to Indian music lovers, musicians and composers as well:

[…] People copy cultural artifacts – words, songs, images, ideas – all the time from other people. Copying is imperfect: there is “mutation”. Some cultural mutants do better than others: most die but some are immensely successful; they catch on; they become hits. This process, repeated for fifty thousand years, has given us all that we make, say and do; it is the process of “cultural evolution”.

However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. For example, how important is human creative input compared to audience selection? Is progress smooth and continuous or step-like? We set up DarwinTunes as a test-bed for the evolution of music, the oldest and most widespread form of culture; and, thanks to your participation, we’re starting to get answers.

Here’s a link to our recent PNAS paper and here are the audio results of our initial experiment […]


Source: DarwinTunes | Survival of the funkiest

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