RichD wrote: <snip> > > It also raises the possibility that recorded > music might be adequately represented by a > MIDI stream. >
The people at the History Channel seem to believe that too. they're wrong. ":)
Nope. Show me a pinch harmonic in MIDI. I would bet that simply representing all the ways there are to hit a snare drum would take up *a lot* of space. heck, track a peizo on one channel and a mic on the other - of the same acoustic guitar part - and there's significant dis-correlation, or at least the deconvolution is not what you'd expect.
Audio ala music has a (for lack of a better term) "fractal" quality at that level.
I take Shannon at his word - he's guessing what the "Taylorist" minimum motion set for music is, but that's really not enough. It's kind of fascinating that this is the case, that there's still so much left for humans to do there.