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Intelligent MIDI Sequencing with Hamster Control

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the better-than-a-boy-band dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 245

An anonymous reader writes "Levy Lorenzo managed to build a MIDI sequencer that is powered and operated by hamsters. The hamsters work in teams of two to control melody and rhythm, and Markov chains are used to modify the hamster-based inputs. The sample MP3 sounds pretty good." From the article: "The MIDI sequencer intelligently produced melodies by manipulating the musical elements of rhythm and note-choice. Guided by inputs based on hamster movements, Markov chains were used to perform such beat and note computations. In culmination, 3 simultaneous voices were produced spanning 3 octaves and 3 rhythmic tiers."

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Powered you say? (4, Funny)

FalconZero (607567) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791530)

What you don't see is the small army of hamsters in wheels to power the thing
like the article says (hmm... looks like mains to me). Either that, or he's
utilising the bio-electric energy of the hamsters... as a means of control,
to turn a hamster into this! [holds up battery] </matrix quote>

Re:Powered you say? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791554)

I remember them doing something like this a while back at simultedlucidity.com

Hamster Death (5, Funny)

TimeTraveler1884 (832874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791722)

What I want to know is how the system reacts when a hamster dies. Because I didn't see any food or water in the device. Does the system play minor notes for awhile in reaction to the sadness of the other hampters?

Additionaly, If a snake was introduced would the music change to a faster and more "scary" melody due to the hamster's fear? Or if you put a male in and female together, would the result be Barry Manilow's "Let's get it on"

There is a whole array of scientific discoveries to be found in the realm of hamster-psychology and music.

Re:Hamster Death (4, Funny)

Trick (3648) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791760)

Or if you put a male in and female together, would the result be Barry Manilow's "Let's get it on"

*shudder*

"Let's Get It On" was sung by Marvin Gaye. Either you were thinking of Barry White, or you've got some issues.

Re:Hamster Death (1)

TimeTraveler1884 (832874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791792)

Damn that Google for returing positve yet incorrect for what I was looking for search results!

You are quite correct sir, I was thinking of Barry White but it's Marvin Gaye.

Re:Hamster Death (4, Funny)

TimeTraveler1884 (832874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791821)

"Let's Get It On" was sung by Marvin Gaye. Either you were thinking of Barry White, or you've got some issues.
But come to think of it, they are just hamsters. What the hell do they know?

Re:Hamster Death (0, Offtopic)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791888)

"Let's Get It On" was sung by Marvin Gaye.

Gaye? I thought that was a straight song! Way to spoil my fantasy :-{

Re:Hamster Death (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791875)

What I want to know is how the system reacts when a hamster dies.

Kaboom! [tripod.com]

Re:Hamster Death (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791917)

If a snake was introduced would the music change to a faster and more "scary" melody due to the hamster's fear?

Badger badger badger badger badger badger... oh a snake! It's a snake! ooh! Badger badger badger badger badger badger.

Incredible! (5, Funny)

krikat (861906) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791544)

Unfortunately all of my hamster powered machines have had incredibly ugly results.

Re:Incredible! (5, Funny)

TimeTraveler1884 (832874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791767)

I've been using hamsters as a random source for my cryptographic keys for some time now. Problem is, is that it's suceptible to attack by anyone using cats to drive brute force searching.

Pretty Good... (4, Funny)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791552)

If by pretty good you mean "Sounds like a malfunctioning japanese fairground organ..."

Re:Pretty Good... (1)

Cyberllama (113628) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791659)

I was thinking that too at first, but after the first minute or so it actually gets pretty decent. It still sounds like a japanese fairground organ, but one in fully working order. . .

Re:Pretty Good... (2, Funny)

js7a (579872) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791708)

I actually liked the first third better than the rest. The beat really falls apart. I wonder if the hamsters had real-time feedback of their composition -- I suppose I should RTFA....

Prior Art (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791553)

Richard Gere was doing this decades earlier.

hmmm (5, Funny)

zorglubxx (513559) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791555)

But can they do the "hamsterdance" ?

Re:hmmm (1)

heavy snowfall (847023) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791685)

I assume you mean this [hampsterdance2.com] . (If it doesn't look quite right, it seems the original hampsterdance.com has been buought out.. :/

Re:hmmm (2, Informative)

Doppler00 (534739) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791717)

Yeah, it looks like some faceless company is still trying to profit from that stupid thing?

this is the original!
http://www.webhamster.com/

I'm glad at least someone is keeping this infinite annoyance alive... wait... what am I saying???

Re:hmmm (1)

Rod Beauvex (832040) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791851)

Considering that the orginal Hampster Dance was a snippet from the beginning of the animated Robin Hood being played at double speed, I wouldn't be surprised if Diseny Caught on and sent them a nastygramm by now, thus forcing them to change it.

"For reasons I don't understand..." (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791556)

"For reasons I don't understand, you may need to save this file, then view it locally"

Slashdotters will make you understand.

The Hamsters say... (2)

randomiam (514027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791557)

"It's a living"

Re:The Hamsters say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791630)

"Umm yeah man, its all about the music."

Re:The Hamsters say... (5, Funny)

Bonker (243350) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791793)

Six hamsters against the world... They knew they'd be stars, but how long could the glory and fame last? Find out the true story behind this rodent story of music and glamor next... on VH1's Behind the Music.

"Joel had a habit of coming into the studio with his cheeks stuffed totally full of seed and corn. You think you can make music like that? He was out of control. Worse, he was bringing the rest of us down. That's when we decided to have an intervention."

Dupe!! (5, Informative)

unixbum (720776) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791560)

This appears to be yet another Dupe [slashdot.org] ...

I don't know about hampster controlled midi sequencers, but our editors apear to be hampsters ;-)

A modest proposal for fixing the Slashdot front pa (5, Interesting)

demachina (71715) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791799)

My proposed solution to the mess the Slashdot front page has turned in to of late is to use moderation to select the stories that are posted to the front page.

You give people with reasonable karma an extra set of mod points that only can be used to mode story submissions.

You would need to give people with mod points the ability to mark stories as duplicates of recent posts and they would land in the trash bin immediately, there is something of an honor system there though meta moderation could catch people who can stories as dupes that aren't.

The moderators would also need a way to move new submissions in to groups so that all the submissions on the same news are grouped together.

Then the moderators start scoring submissions just like moderation does now. The top scoring submission within the group would be the one that gets considered for the front page.

You would also need to choose the most highly moderated stories between all the groups on different news.

You can establish how many stories you want to get to the front page each day say 12, so every 2 hours on average the current top moderated submission would be automaticly posted. Maybe you post a few more during peak reader hours in the U.S. and Europe.

You might want to allow a higher top score than +5 for this system so really stellar stories get a really high score.

Its sad to have to propose such a solution but its becoming pretty obvious that Rob and Co. aren't reading the site they moderate less than most of the rest of us. Presumably Slashdot has turned in to a job for them and they apparently don't like their job. Most of us read Slashdot when we should be doing our real job, while apparently they don't read it and it is their job.

If you keep posting dupe after dupe it proves you aren't reading all the front page articles or you would remember something as "unique" as a hamster powered songwriter.

Its also been suggested that they are showing some pretty serious bias, Michael for example always going with left leaning stories, and they all seem to have assigned submission god status to Rolan Piqa-whatever.

I'm willing to guess, with some work, moderated control of the front page would be fairer and less likely to produce dupes and bias than the current system. I also wager they might do a better job of picking the best submission on a story and cull out the error filled, flawed and factually incorrect posts which also are appearing on the front page too often lately.

After all this is an open source fanboy site so why is control of Slashdot's front page proprietary and closed.

Re:Dupe!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791870)

Perhaps, but this MIDI hamster idea is so mind blowingly awesome it deserves to be Duped(tm). It's Slashdot's way of saying that they care, but I digress...

Is this system scalable? If I have one of these hamster-MIDI devices is it possible to set up some sort of distributed hamster-MIDI over carrier pigeon protocol?

Re:Dupe!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791892)

Well an avian carrier protocol [faqs.org] does exists, but they are working out some problems with "cat-in-the-middle" attacks.

Hamsters like Linux are dead (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791561)

Yet another sickening blow has struck what's left of the Linux community, as a soon-to-be-released report by the independent Commision for Technology Management (CTM) after a year-long study has concluded: Linux is already dead. Here are some of the commission's findings:

Fact: Linux has balkanized yet again. There are now no less than 120 separate, competing Linux distros, each of which has introduced fundamental incompatibilities with the other distros, and frequently with Unix standards. Average number of developers in each project (except for Redhat and Novell/Suse): fewer than five. Average number of users per project: there are no definitive numbers, but reports show that all projects are on the decline.

Fact: Trivial issues such as names continue to plague Linux. At a recent Linux conference in San Francisco, a fight broke out between RMS (Richard M. Stallman) who says Linux should be called GNU/Linux and Linus Torvalds who says Linux should be called Linux. This led to a massive barroom style brawl involving at least 150 Linux geeks. The SFPD was called out to break up the melee, and arrested 150 people. It was estimated that at least 2 to 3 times that many were involved in the brawl, but there wasn't enough police on hand to arrest all of them. Thirty one people were hospitalized as a result of this brawl, and one person is still in a coma.

Fact: There are almost no Connectiva developers left, and its use, according to Netcraft, is down to a sadly crippled .005% of internet servers. This led to Mandrakesoft, makers of another troubled distro, to purchase Connectiva. However, industry anaylists say that this will not help since Mandrakesoft is already a shell of its former self.

Fact: X.org will not include support for Redhat's Fedora project. The newly formed group believes that Fedora has strayed too far from Unix standards and have become too difficult to support along with other Linux distros and Solaris x86. "It's too much trouble," said one anonymous developer. "If they want to make their own standards, let them doing the porting for us."

Fact: Ubuntu Linux, yet another offshoot of the beleaguered Debian "distro", is already collapsing under the weight of internal power struggles and in-fighting. "They haven't done a single decent release," notes Mark Baron, an industry watcher and columnist. "Their mailing lists read like an online version of a Jerry Springer episode, complete with food fights, swearing, name-calling, and chair-throwing." Netcraft reports that Ubuntu Linux is run on exactly 0% of internet servers.

Fact: Debian Linux, which claims to focus on "being free" (whatever that is supposed to mean), is slow, and cannot take advantage of multiple CPUs. "That about drove the last nail in the coffin for Linux use here," said Michael Curry, CTO of Amazon.com. "We took our Debian boxes out to the backyard and shot them in the head. We're much happier running FreeBSD."

Fact: The Slackware Distro is now dead. The Slackware team could never get their distro to function on hardware other than Intel and S/390. Had they not been slacking off, Slackware would still be around.

Fact: Servers running SELinux, which claims to focus on security, are frequently compromised. According to Jim Markham, editor of the online security forum SecurityWatch, the few SELinux servers that exist on the internet have become a joke among the hacker community. "They make a game out of it," he says. "The SELinux team will scramble to make a new patch to fix one problem, and they've already compromised a bunch of boxes with a different exploit."

With these incontroverible facts staring (what's left of) the Linux community in the face, they can only draw one conclusion: Linux is already dead.

Re:Hamsters like Linux are dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791636)

Wow, thank you for your useful and informative post.

I'm going to ask for a full refund from my local Linux distributor now.

That'll teach 'em.

Re:Hamsters like Linux are dead (0, Flamebait)

scmason (574559) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791693)

Okay, you admitted it. Before you get your refund, please go here [sco.com] so you can first pay for it.

Back to the 70's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791562)

That's pretty much what disco was: a producer doing all the work, using some biological units to enhance the sound of the machines. Nothing new here.

Something very similar from years ago (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791567)

Jonathan Simon [java.net] has the Mouse Maze [jonathansimon.com] , which is also a rodent-controlled MIDI instrument, although its mice, not hamsters. Kind of cool.

one day (1)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791572)

it was meant to happen, now it is confirmed in real life Hamsters helping people.

HERE [urbandictionary.com]

and HERE [hamtaro.com]

Re:one day (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791681)

I, for one, welcome our new hamster overlords.

Outsourcing opportunity... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791574)

So now we can outsource the music industry jobs to hamsters !!

Re:Outsourcing opportunity... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791684)

After listening to the likes of Ashlee Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, and a few others, I'd say it'd be an improvement.

Re:Outsourcing opportunity... (1)

Pax00 (266436) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791766)

That might be an improvement

Re:Outsourcing opportunity... (1)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791787)

Yes, and it appears that we can do the same thing with Slashdot's editors [slashdot.org] .

I know which song they should play (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791575)

The Bells of St Mary.

this is old (1)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791578)

Zonk, this is old. Get with the program and search before you post.

here is the OLD article [slashdot.org] .

Amateur........the quality of Slashdot is bad enough with Tim, now we have Zonk. Great.....

Re:this is old (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791674)

Zonk, this is old. Get with the program and search before you post.

Seems like he's actually -with- the program..

duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791682)

Zonk == Timothy.

They got tired of everyone constantly bitching about Timothy's buffonery, so they have him work under a different name now.

oh man (1)

Bootle (816136) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791582)

That richard gere is turning into quite the thomas dolby !!!!

MIDI (5, Informative)

drxray (839725) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791583)

If this was a MIDI file, why distribute by MP3? The same music at 10 times the file size...

Re:MIDI (1)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791601)

More like 1000 times the file size...

Re:MIDI (2, Funny)

FalconZero (607567) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791634)

It's for easy of transfer to I-Pods. :D

Buggy MIDI drivers (4, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791657)

When I was in college from 1999 to 2003, I heard my compositions through the speakers of several brands of laptop computers. Many of these had buggy MIDI drivers that would do Weird Shit(tm) to pitch bends. I had to switch to S3M, a tracked music format similar to the MOD format popular on Amiga computers (or to a MIDI plus a sound bank), to get music to sound decent on every machine.

A true test is to compare it to random music. (4, Insightful)

ABeowulfCluster (854634) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791584)

I feel that with the hamsters 'controlling' rythym and speed, that you would get the same results if your had a random number generator replacing the hamsters.

The true test would be to see if an observer detects any difference between random controls and a hamster.

Re:A true test is to compare it to random music. (2, Interesting)

ingo23 (848315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791768)

That's a sign of a true geek - a desire to replace real life with random number generator.

Actually, to me the most amazing thing was to see somebody who knows which end of a soldering iron to hold, can program in C, and understands Markov chains to the point of "daisy chaining" hamsters to it :-)

Don't download it! (2, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791586)


The hamsters are going to sue for IP rights.

A Dupe... (5, Insightful)

DMUTPeregrine (612791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791587)

...But a cute dupe. Nice littly fuzzy hamsters making music.

Slashcode needs a system to detect dupes. Here is what I propose:

All submissions will include a link to the "article text." This is the primary link in the submission: what the /. article is about.

These links will be kept in a database. Any time an article is submitted to slashdot its primary link will be searched for in the database. If found, the article will be flagged as such (NOT automatically rejected, someone might notice something new about an old document (probably legal or similar) or some such.)

Now to go off and learn to program, so I can add that into the mess that is slashcode... ugh.

Re:A Dupe... (2, Informative)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791705)

/. makes money from dupes (more page views, more adverts). for that reason the system will never be fixed despite how trivial it would be to do so.

Re:A Dupe... (1)

DMUTPeregrine (612791) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791880)

True, but with the volume of potential nerd news articles eliminating the dupes could cause more customers. Fark has a good system: No dupes, (well, not many) but they do have "Follow Up!" tags. Just add that, and people will read both the new article AND click to go to the old, viewing yet another set of ads.

Grammy (4, Funny)

romper (47937) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791589)

And the Grammy goes to... Muffy and Scribbles?!

Re:Grammy (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791656)

And the Grammy goes to... Muffy and Scribbles?!

Fraud! it's really Milly Vanilly in hamster suits!

maybe hamsters are also.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791596)

posting stories at slashdot!

this is a dupe from last year [slashdot.org]

MP3? (1)

X1011 (819111) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791598)

Why convert it MP3? Why not just use the MIDI file?

Link to mp3 on frontpage. (1)

kd5ujz (640580) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791605)

14 posts, and the server is still serving up mp3s. I felt sorry for the guy when I first saw the link, but he might do alright afterall.

Re:Link to mp3 on frontpage. (1)

FalconZero (607567) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791642)

I wouldn't worry too much, if you look the address is 'cornell.edu' However if they pay per byte (which they probably do), every visit to the site costs Cornell (and therefore the students) a fraction of a cent.

Re:Link to mp3 on frontpage. (1)

rekoil (168689) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791753)

Generally, that's not actually the case. The industry standard for usage-based bandwidth billing is a formula called "95p". What happens is that the circuit load is constantly measured (typically in 5-minute averages) throughout the billing period. The highest 5% of those measurements are then thrown out, and the highest measurement remaining is what the month's bill is based on.

This has two implications: First, a customer doesn't get bent over if they get a traffic spike or DoS that is short-lived...you can push you pipe to capacity for almost a day and a half before you actually get billed for running the connection at that level.

Second, given that most pipes see their highest usage during business hours, weekend traffic rarely exceeds the current 95p value, and as such is effectively "free". That's why most companies do their network-based backups at night and on weekends.

As such, it's highly unlikely that the /. effect is putting a significant dent in Cornell's bandwidth bill. If this had been posted at 2pm on a weekday, and folks were hammering the link for days, there might be a different story.

This just proves... (1)

CypherXero (798440) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791606)

...that hamsters can make better songs than Ashlee Simpson.

You gotta wonder... (0, Redundant)

Gaewyn L Knight (16566) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791608)

You really have to wonder why when posting an article on slashdot about a MIDI output that you would post an MP3 of it and not the MIDI file generated.

People... this is why we need broadband ;}

Yes, but can they... (4, Funny)

SuperBanana (662181) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791610)

dance [webhamster.com] ?

(I'm pretty sure that's the original song before the first site or two "sold out").

Man, I can't believe I just talked about hamsters selling out.

Disney sold out a long time ago (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791675)

(I'm pretty sure that's the original song before the first site or two "sold out").

The original song was "Whistle Stop" from the opening credits of Disney's Robin Hood. I don't really like it when people give The Walt Disney Company, a notorious sponsor of lopsided copyright legislation, more mindshare.

10000 Monkeys (2)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791616)

"Here we come
Walking down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Everyone we meet."

"Hey, Hey we're the Hamsters,
and people say we hamster around.
But we're too busy singing,
to put anybody down...."

A "Land" of great projects... (4, Interesting)

zalas (682627) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791626)

When I first read the article, and saw that the link was from Cornell, I had a sneaky suspicion that Dr. Land was involved with this somehow. Something about his "dress in Hawaiian attire to class in freezing temperatures" manner made him feel like someone willing to work on crazy things. Whether for a Masters of Engineering project or for class [cornell.edu]
, he seems to always encourage interesting and wacky ideas, like a radio controlled helicopter, a sound seeking robot, a Wonderswan cartridge, etc.

Speaking of which, I tried to create a musical "generator" that used a random number generator as the core and used a Markov chain obtained from computer analysis of a composer's music style. Unfortunately, it seemed that above all, the very high level aspects of the music seemed totally chaotic, and the amount that did not seem chaotic were dependent on how much data I input or assumed. Compare it to generic "normal" music, and you'll find that normal music tend to have very non-chaotic higher level structures, and might be more chaotic once you get to lower levels such as individual notes and runs. Looks like they have done a similar thing, but they must have had trained the Markov chain with a lot more data than I had. However, you can still hear the higher order chaos, since the music sorta just plays, but doesn't really go anywhere.

2Cool! I'm selling my guitar to buy hamsters! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791631)

and to think I was gonna buy turntables...

Not only sing, (0, Redundant)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791633)

but dance too [hampsterdance2.com] .

Re:Not only sing, (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791671)

Rats[1], somebody beat me to it. But my link is a cuter version, so I should be spared "dup" mods, right?

[1] Or should I say, "Hamsters!"

Where are all the diminished 7ths! (3, Informative)

Twinbee (767046) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791635)

Nothing will sound particularly 'wrong' if the finished product only sticks to the pentatonic subset of the chromatic scale. Nor will it sound anything like decent music though.

We want a key centre/s, proper cadences, augmented/diminished triads and whatnot, interesting melodies, and groovy bass lines! Oh and more of the 12 notes please.

More importantly, were the hamsters tortured with the very music they were 'creating'? I kinda feel sorry for them :)

Hasn't this already been done? (0, Redundant)

cliveholloway (132299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791644)

Well, sort of [hampsterdance.com] :)

cLive ;-)

Hampsters or Badgers (2, Funny)

Cyhawkalewagee (854711) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791645)

Now the question is, who will make better music, Hampsters, or Badgers? The Battle continues.

Re:Hampsters or Badgers (1)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791673)

Well, aside from the fact that there's no p in hamster...

I think it'd be best determined by Joel Veitch of Rathergood.com [rathergood.com]

I think it'd actually turn out to be the Ineffable Crab of Wisdom who'd come out on top in a Battle of the Animals.

Gerbils (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791665)

I realize hamsters are a bit larger than gerbils, but what kind of music would one of these MIDI wired hamsters make when shoved up your ass? And if hamsters are too large why not wire some gerbils for sound?

Fartman (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791692)

I hope Howard Stern does not get ahold of this technology. He has already tried way too many things with farts.

Re:Fartman (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791862)

Ok now this talk of hamsters and farts is veering dangerously close to images of Richard Gere. "I was ... um ... trying to play a Musical Instrument. Yeah. That's the ticket."

Not bad for a quadruped (1)

BigSlowTarget (325940) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791710)

Don't drive angry!

Butthoven (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791713)

"And for my next work, Goatse in D Minor..."

Critique (2, Interesting)

vcjim (602423) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791739)

The first movement showed potential. Then the artist relied on repetative motifs remaniscent of a drunken irish jig. While approaching the cheery playfullness of Mozart at his finest, Mr. Hamster falls short of brilliance. 8/10 overall.

Hauntingly familiar... (5, Funny)

TheTranceFan (444476) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791744)

He would swear he had heard it before...perhaps it was the complex interplay of the rhythmic patterns, or the odd dominant in the second part of the melody. But something about it was stirring, it was an emotional connection.

Before he could place the tune, his reverie was interrupted.

"Mr. Gere, your limousine has arrived."

"Thank you, Miles," he said distractedly, but not before the tiniest hint of a smile crossed his face.

Better to use realHamspster cybernetic version (4, Funny)

stimpleton (732392) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791749)


Sorry, but anything with "hamster" in it makes me think of this:

RealHampster - Elastic flesh, luxurious fur, a cybernetic infrastructure [realhamster.com]

I'm ruined for life.

Re:Better to use realHamspster cybernetic version (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791849)

I purchased notrealhamster #1. Lucky me! He's an adorable luttle furry guy and doesn't smell like pee like a real hamster.

I'd love to see... (0, Offtopic)

nsasch (827844) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791755)

the RIAA sue for the rights of the hamsters to the music! Or for rights of downloading a music video of the hamsters running on their wheels

Hampster Gamelan & Boethius (1)

catdevnull (531283) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791779)

Without any particular harmonic structure or tonal center changes, it sounds more like Gamelan. To my ear, it might as well be a wind chime. But, considering that's it's generated by a rodent, it's not all bad and interesting rhythmically.

On a deja vous note, it's interesting how we're looking for musical patterns in nature. It's not unlike Boethius's (ca. 480-524) theory of musica mundana, or "music of the cosmos," where he theorized that the macrocosmos was held together by this mysterious musical power. Boethius's treatise also included musica humana and musica instrumentalis--the music that bound together body, mind, and soul and the sort of music we mostly understand today respectively. I suppose it's interesting because we're using today's technology to "realize" theories proposed some 1500 years ago.

Hamsters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791786)

I thought Blink 182 broke up.

But... (1)

cyberfunk2 (656339) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791789)

Where's the MIDI file ??

Wow... (2, Informative)

cyberfunk2 (656339) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791813)

Is anyone else suprised by how this server is withstanding a slashdotting? Its' got MP3's , and a Movie on it, and i'm pulling 200k+/sec from the server right now.

There's gotta be some might big bandwidth here. Of course, it IS cornell.

At least this time, our server is prepared. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791832)

Well, last time /. posted this story, the poor neuro-bio server went down hard. After that (IIRC), this page was moved to a different server that (with luck) should handle the load.

What you're looking at in the picture is my old office. Levy worked with me during the course of a summer a couple of years ago, and I remember when he took that picture. Mostly, I remember that the hamsters were stinking up the lab!

Any way, Levy, if you read this, congrats on getting /.'ed (again).

-Nick

mouse organ (2, Funny)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791833)

Was anyone else thinking of this [ibras.dk] when they saw the headline?

Beepmap. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791871)

You'd get just as interesting music from a beepmap of a picture of hampsters. The Markov Chain approach is what leads to this being "listenable", and that's commonly done with all kinds of bizarre input.

It's unfortunate that we hear this music with the human's choice of timbres.

wow awesome (1)

MrP- (45616) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791877)

it may bebecause i drank a ton of whsiksey but thats beaitful!!

So this is the wanker.. (2, Funny)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791882)

Who took my hamsters! Jerk ruined my fusion project, just so he could play piano. My new moles are just learning how to run in circles (they are not very smart).

Sounds like an album I heard... (2, Interesting)

ulatekh (775985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791886)

The hamsters' music sounds something like the Team Metlay [atomiccity.com] album Ballistic [cdbaby.com] . Especially a song like Trajectory [cdbaby.com]

This is a great album by the way..."Aqua Regia" is one of the best uses of 30 minutes worth of CD media that I've ever heard. Team Metlay is the Internet's first supergroup...a bunch of e-musicians get together every year for a few weeks, and write, record, and produce an album, and have been since 1994 or so. Pretty eclectic stuff, for people that like the Mind/Body industrial compilations [sonic-boom.com] or MuseNet [nosuch.com] -- perfect for the Slashdot crowd, I figure.

Theres only one thing to do... (1)

Bob64 (844867) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791891)

Its hamtaro time!

Good thing this music isnt published by the RIAA... With the number of downloads that that song has... they could make billions...

Powered and operated... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11791894)

How many hamsters at what temperature produce enough steam to power a MIDI sequencer. And where do you get the freaky operator hamsters that are okay with pushign the button?

Chipmunks have them beat (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791910)

Chipmunks [dreamvalley-mlp.com] don't need no steenkin' Markov Polov to make music [copycommaright.com] .

The Greatest Evil on Earth (1)

Wes Janson (606363) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791926)

Is someone who deliberately aids and abets the creation and distribution of Hamster Dance. This is nothing more than a fiendish scheme to create a self-replicating Hamster Dance device, which, left to its own ends, will destroy humanity!

Gives a whole new meaning.... (-1, Redundant)

RGTAsheron (844946) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791927)

to hamsterdance...

Hamsters? Doing what? (1, Redundant)

JasontheMason (654429) | more than 9 years ago | (#11791930)

Aaaaaaaaaugh! Run! Another version of Hamster Dance! I repeat, Aaaaaaaaaaugh! Run!

JtM

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