Music: The Machine Closes In

French Composers Pierre Barbaud, 50, and Roger Blanchard, 43, have a peculiar ambition: they want to make composers obsolete. They have worked long and hard to create a composing machine as versatile as the one that swamped the masses with mollifying melodies in George Orwell's fantasy, 1984. Last week French teenagers were dancing to the catchy theme for the new Paris hit film Chronique d'un Eté, which had been dreamed up in the electronic brain of an Orwellian monster otherwise known as Binary Digital Computer Gamma Three.

Mania for Numbers. The origin of such mechanical music is much older than Orwell. The...

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