Here's some fascinating ready for your Thursday afternoon: some scientists at Imperial College London are using computers to evlolve music from noise - literally. The project is called 'DarwinTunes' and, as the name suggests, is aiming to apply the principles of evolution to popular music. Sound confusing? Well, here's the science bit: Listeners were presented with streams of noise, and they picked the most palatable loops - as natural selection would pick the ten best organisms in a population - and got those to 'mate', creating the next generation, which were then selected, with the best going on to mate and create the next generation of loops.

It's a fascinating process, and it's produced some rather intriguing results, some of which are in a handy Soundcloud stream below. [Dummy]