It will never be the same old song again–this was the concept for MS3, a Hungarian musician when he created a software solution he calls „digital improvisation” or DI. The „di” music file format he developed enables the users to listen to one song in endless number of versions. „Imagine Madonna’s new releases were recorded in di format. Whenever you hit the Play button, a different remix of the same song is played back. You never get bored of your cd then” said Mester, now head of the start-up company Digimpro established to exploit the new technology.
The principle behind DI is to enable a multitude of versions of the same musical part (sound samples) to be bundled within a wrapper file format. During the recording and production process, the artist can explore a whole range of musical possibilities without having to commit to a final decisive cut. During final mastering, several worthy versions (or takes) are then included in the final mix. The result: a refreshing and enriching musical experience, which engages the listener in a way never envisaged before. DI provides the ability to represent musical variations of the same song encapsulated within a computer format which then yields a whole spectrum of possible musical renditions.
“But improvisation is just the tip of the iceberg” said MS3. “DI also provides an intuitive interactive interface (III) to allow the user to choose and control the way the song is played-back.” Music therefore is subject to individual taste, and now for the first time, the listener can actually arrange the song to suit their taste or mood. Its easy, and it falls within the guidelines set by the artist, thereby preserving the artistic integrity of the music.
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