DIGITAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Listen to a song made entirely from the data lost when compressing Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’ to MP3

Oval wished they thought of this back in the 90s.

Ryan McGuire, a PhD student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, has created the project The Ghost In The MP3 which shows the amount of data lost when compressing music to MP3 while also turning that data into a haunting song of its own.

For his first trick, McGuire took Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’ and drained it into a vaporous piece titled ‘moDernisT.” McGuire chose the track he explains on his site because it was famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests used to develop the MP3 algorithm.


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