Monday, August 28, 2006

I, Coltrane?

There won't be much time for a post today, but I had to show everyone this:

Someone has evidently programmed a robotic device to "play" Giant Steps, including the complete Trane solo. (If the video won't play on your computer, try going here.) I love some of the comments made by visitors to the YouTube posting, especially the one who says that their cat could play Cherokee in 9/4 time in the key of C#. The machine certainly doesn't rise to the level of Coltrane's musicality, but it says something when the solo almost stands alone even without inflection. (Hat tip: The Green Room)

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