For those of you unfamiliar with Wolfram Alpha – they bill themselves as a “Computational Knowledge Engine” — many a budding young mathematician and old grizzled researcher can find astounding amounts of data here, as well as help with solving equations, explanations of mathematical operators, you know, everything under the sun about math. You can even look at stock data, literally millions of little fascinating things. For extra fun, search WolframAlpha with “What is the meaning of life?” Douglas Adams fans will rejoice!
However, my interests lie deeply with music, and I have a fondness for computer generated music, so what I’m here to showcase is WolframTones – http://tones.wolfram.com/generate — WolframTones is a web based interface that allows you to generate random music based on your selections.
You can pick a style of music you’d like, then play with variations. There’s even instrumentation you can play with, time controls (set the tempo), pitch mapping if you want to work in certain keys. I would say the majority of the generated music is not going to be the next big club hit, but sometimes you get some pretty cool little ditties, and it’s a fun way to kill some time.