New music format ensures you'll never hear the same song twice

By on September 11, 2012, 5:00 PM

I’ve amassed a sizable collection of MP3s over the past decade but despite my music player’s best attempt to randomize the catalog, I found myself growing tired of hearing the same tunes over and over. It’s one of the reasons I opted to try streaming music service Pandora (and ultimately Spotify) a few years ago – I simply wanted something new and fresh.

It seems musician Gwilym Gold and producer Lexx have reached the same conclusion but rather than opt for a streaming music service, they contacted Dr. Mick Grierson from the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths to do something about it.

Together, the team came up with a new music format called Bronze that is designed to enhance the listening experience by slightly altering the musical components of a song each time it is played. This will reportedly ensure that you never hear the exact same track twice.

Dr. Grierson says a musical piece will no longer require the final work to exist in a static form. Furthermore, it can be used on any genre including highly structured music like pop, dance and rock. The quality of ‘remixed’ tracks is equal to that achieved through professional authoring tools. He says the track will be subtly different each time but will retain the quality and balance of the original song so it’ll be easily identifiable to the listener.

The technology can be heard on Gwilym Gold’s recently-released debut album Tender Metal. The only shortcoming is that it’s currently only available as an app through iTunes for the iPhone, iPod and iPad. Support for the PC, Android and Apple computers is in the pipeline, however.

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tehbanz tehbanz said:

Another way to get us to buy our music, make it available as an app...

this could be very inconvenient would we need to have a new media player? Will it work with current media players? What about streaming options? But most importantly, why mess with the classics? If I want to hear a song, I want to hear THAT Song, not some shoddy on the fly remix

Ma_ga said:

It's a nice idea.


What happen when you really like one of the random song?

It's lost forever?

You can't never ear it again?

Guest said:

Nice idea and does add something a bit new. An extension would be surround sound music where the instruments are very slighly adjusted so that you get the impression of being in a different seat in an audience.

Don't think apps are the place for music though. I wouldn't download an "album app". It will always be the case that if it can be heard, it can be copied and there will be a non-app version that you can get hold of. You would always be looking for the optimal production version that the artist intended as well.

Would like something like this built into the next Blu-Ray standard for example and would want it as an option that can be turned off.

If you NEED this kind of thing in your music, I would suggest that maybe that music isn't very good or simply boring in the first place, or that you are just out for a monry grab.

Arris Arris said:

I like the familiarity of the songs I know well from loving and listening to many times. I don't think this is of much benefit, I thought it was going to be an advanced way of analysis of mp3s and random selection of tracks to play.

Guest said:

Why not just fix the code to truly randomize the playlist?

ryanb2145 said:

Why not just fix the code to truly randomize the playlist?

"despite my music player?s best attempt to randomize the catalog, I found myself growing tired of hearing the same tunes over and over."

Randomization is not why this music format exists.

Guest said:

Hell, if I don't want to hear the same thing twice, I just go to a jazz concert. The best ones always improvise mid-playing. And they are the real thing, not some cr*p lossy mp3.

Guest said:

That's my point.

Changing the sound of the music does not randomize the playlist - which is what we really want!

I want to listen to my own music, not some computer-modified version of my music.

TJGeezer said:

Could be interesting to hear something by Beethoven or Gershwin or any other master of complex music remixed as no conductor ever intended. Intriguing.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I think the problem here is no one especially myself understands what the modifications are about. It would help if we could hear a demo of some sort.

Zoltan Head said:

Why would you modify something you like?

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