How much longer will it be until people are unable to make new, unique songs?
Have you heard that question before? Better yet, have you wondered that yourself? I have. It’s an interesting notion. After all, there are only so many different pitches in music. Therefore, there is a finite number of ways to put all of those pitches together. Hence, there is a finite number of different songs that humanity can produce. Despite that, it is HIGHLY improbable (dare I say, impossible) that humanity will reach the point of not being able to produce new, unique songs. Why is that?
Think about numbers. Technically, there are only ten different numbers, which we refer to as digits:
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
A person can spend their whole life counting up from zero and never get to the end of their count. That’s because, while there is a finite number of individual units, the number of ways to combine those units is so large, that society considers it infinite (mathematicians literally use infinity in formulas). The cause of the apparent infinity is an exponential growth of 10^x*9 (x being the number of digits minus one); There are ten
single-digit numbers, ninety double-digit numbers, nine hundred triple-digit numbers, and so on. If you’re trying to figure out how ten single-digit numbers fits the exponential growth formula, it doesn’t. 0 is technically a number of its own, but when placed in front of another number the combined number is considered the same number as the number that follows the 0 (09=9). You can’t take 0 out of the digit list because without zero we would not have 10, 20, 30, etc. They say that there is an exception to every rule; 0 is the exception to the exponential growth of number count formula.
Due to exponential growth, we will never run out of new music. The bad news: songs are going to get a heck of a lot longer over time if they still want to be original. The good news…
The Music Will NEVER Die.