When are algorithms better than musicians?
That’s the question raised by Gym Electro Groove Generator, a new iOS application that generates workout music on the fly.
Here’s what the developer has to say about it:
HI. We created this app for working out at the gym. We found that it not only was it difficult to get the right playlist to help you exercise, but often tracks were too slow or not the right mood.
GYM e.g.g. generates electro grooves on the fly and constantly evolves them. It uses rules for generating patterns and note scales, but there is a certain amount of randomness, so you shouldnt hear the same track twice. Each track blends in to the next one.
You can tap the beat you want to match your preferred tempo. There is an ‘unlike’ button for the occasions that it gets messy or not to your liking.
As the video above demonstrates, the results are function, but not inspired. For cooling off, you might want to switch to Eno’s new generative album, Scape.
GYM e.g.g. is available now in the App Store for $1.99.
Think there’s a time and place for music generated by algorithms? Let us know what you think!
Note: The developer followed up to say:
Hello. I sent you a post today about GYM e.g.g.. I forgot to add that it really is not supposed to generate music to just listen to but it is only background music with sharp pronounced beats and grooves purely to exercise too
I understand it does not create complete complex songs to just listen and enjoy. It is designed to keep you in sync while exercising. I wouldn’t want to give a false impression that this generates chart quality music on the fly. I hope that makes sense.
via Rob W