Sunday, 3 October 2010

Why Don't We Run Out of Music?

I have been thinking about this for a long time. It's quite a conundrum.

Every time I hear a really catchy, melodious tune, I think "How come no one discovered that before?"
There are only a finite number of musical notes, and humans have been composing music for centuries. How come we don't deplete that bag of permutations that contain of catchy tunes?

And if by any chance we haven't used up all the possible combinations of musical notes, I ask the question: "Will we ever run out of new music?"