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New software that can automatically make photos more aesthetic is being developed

Developed in a joint effort by Israeli and Chinese universities, a new piece of technology that algorithmically makes photos more aesthetic might soon find its way to desktop products like iPhoto or Photoshop. The software works by applying 'standard' rules of 'good' photography, such as the rule of thirds. By dividing the image into nine segments, the software moves prominent objects -- trees,...

WolframTones: Wolfram does music, mathematically

With all the buzz about the new Wolfram Alpha search engine, it's easy to forget that Wolfram works on other projects, too. The developers who brought you Mathematica also put their algorithmic muscle to work to create WolframTones, a music composition engine. It turns programs from within Wolfram's "computational universe" into midi musical compositions of all different styles and pitches. The...

Tonematrix makes music-making easy and fun - Time Waster

Tonematrix by AM Laboratory is a very fun and easy-to-use music sequencing toy. It's a 16 x 16 grid of grey boxes, and clicking in a box will turn it on. Boxes that have been turned on go white, and you will quickly see that each line of boxes has its own individual tone. You can very quickly just click and drag all over the place to get a fast sense of how Tonematrix works, but the fun is in act...

Bloom: Brian Eno's ambient music app for iPhone

Brian Eno is one of my favorite composers, so I was thrilled to hear that he was releasing a new composition tool for the iPhone. It's called Bloom, and it lets you generate, play and visualize ambient music. It's hard to explain how this works, but you basically tap the screen in different places to generate sounds. The sounds you play repeat periodically to form a composition. Because the notes...

Tiny Drum Machine - Today's Time Waster

Created by the food folks at PixelPlanet, this half-time-waster-half-technology-demo is all fun. The Tiny Drum Machine (now in its fifth version) is a music maker where you control the notes that are played as well as the tempo of your piece. Use the simple grid to pick notes to be played and drag the bar below to set the speed. The song endlessly loops, but if you are clever you can mingle the ...