Back towards the start of the U.S. Open, James Murphy announced that he was teaming up with IBM to create an algorithm that would turn raw data from tennis matches into music. All of the music from the tracks are automatically created, but Murphy has picked a few to give a proper remix to. Titled “Match 4″ and “Match 104,” they don’t say which music came from which match, but we are provided with some clues that someone with more tennis knowledge than me could possibly decipher. Listen to the tracks and read the descriptions below.
About “Match 4″:
When a young player beats a top-seeded player, like in this match from August 25th, it’s bound to make some noise. And in this case, that noise is glorious: a series of simple, almost sweet opening notes that slowly transform into unexpectedly intense, mature sounds. Beats bubble up from out of nowhere, swiftly take over and set the track in an uncompromising new direction. Hear how James portrays the swagger of the younger player and the relentless drama of the match in the deep, pulsing beats.
About “Match 104″:
When this match began, it could have been either player’s game. And like the match that inspired it, this track opens with beats that are balanced–intense but equal, just like the players–with no instrument clearly taking the lead. The music pulses steadily until the last half of the track, when the instruments start to break form as one player falls behind, and the other takes the lead. The track ends with a soft, high-pitched whistle that ushers the defeated player off the court.
Here’s the video that explains what this is all about: