Ladies and Gentlemen, The Internet Sings

This may sound like a chorus of goblins, but it’s really the sound of the internet — of two thousand people, each paid to make just one tone, synthesized into a rendition of the song “Daisy Bell.” Why this song? When scientists used a computer to synthesize music for the first time, in 1962, they used “Daisy.” A few years later, Stanley Kubrick used it as the computer Hal‘s death song in 2001. Fitting, then, that in 2009 it should be the theme song of emergent web behavior. [%comments]

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  1. AaronS says:

    There’s two minutes of my life I’ll never get back again.

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  2. Sooth says:

    Ouch. What an awful waste of time (and probably money).

    Just because it involves lots of people does not make it useful.

    Here is another idea hire 1 million monkeys with typewriters … profit

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  3. Giovanni Ciriani says:

    I realized reading this that I couldn’t relate to the song. My wife explained to me that every US child learns it. Growing up in Italy, I watched instead the Italian version which had a different song “Girotondo”. It was picked for the Italian version of “2001 a Space Oddity”, because otherwise moviegoers could not relate to a childhood song. I wonder if the people who adapted the movie to Italian culture had any idea that Daisy Bell was instead picked because of early experiments with computers synthesizing human voice.

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  4. Tariq F says:

    I cannot think of a more fitting description than “chorus of goblins”. A lot of time was wasted to produce that monstrosity.

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  5. Matt says:

    @#3 Giovanni –

    No child or adult I know in the U.S. knows this song, except through 2001 Space Odyssey (well, some adults recognize it from that). Children are not generally taught this song — I would consider it quite rare.

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  6. JohnInSLC says:

    Too bad they recruited such a high percentage of tone-deaf singers! Listen to the individual voices in any one of the notes. American Idols they are not.

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  7. Marco says:

    They should try this with “Give Peace A Chance”.

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