Ben Langhinrichs

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Sun 6 Feb 2005, 04:57 PM
I'm sure to annoy my friends in the Open Source Software movement, but it seems interesting to note the similarities between designing software and music.  Almost anybody with a modicum of training can write software or write and play music, although clearly some do far better than others in both fields, yet with all the passionate support for open source software, and with all the interest in music, there is no real call for open source music.  Sure, there are community bands and such which play for free, but not communal writing of either symphonies or rock, jazz or hip hop.  Why not?  If the open source movement is supposed to create better software through collaboration, why can't it create better music through collaboration?  I have my own ideas of why, but I'd be interested to hear what you think.

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