This Monday, we debuted a new, semi-regular segment here on the Monday Buzz — Our Far Flung Correspondents. On a routine basis, we will be checking in with our friends and colleagues with stories from around the globe. This week, we check in with WTJU 91.1 FM out in Charlotteville, Virginia. Here’s WTJU correspondent Emily Richardson-Lorente speaking with University of Virginia professor Ryan McGuire about the ghost in the MP3 file.
As Emily writes, “What’s lost when a song is compressed into an MP3? To the untrained ear — perhaps nothing. But to Ryan Maguire, a PhD student in Composition and Computer Technologies at UVA, the data that’s lost in MP3 compression is something to be mined. In fact, it’s the source of his stunning and ghostly ‘lost sound’ compositions. He spoke to Soundboard’s Emily Richardson-Lorente about his revolutionary sound project, ‘The Ghost in the MP3.'”