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No, Jordan, musicians will never (theoretically, at least) run out of new songs. The human ear can hear from about 20 Hz to about 20 kHz. That's 19980 different base frequencies, and that's only if we count integer values. If we count all possible frequencies, then of course there are an infinite number. Now, granted, not all of those frequencies are distinguishable to the human ear, but that's okay. It turns out that it doesn't matter about the frequencies, because every instrument produces a different waveform-- otherwise they'd all sound the same. Even one instrument can produce many different waveforms (especially electronic instruments) based on what the musician does with the instrument. If you take all that into account, and add the fact that there is not a finite number of possible rhythms, it quickly leads to the conclusion that there is definitely an insurmountable number of songs that are possible. Thanks for asking! Justin Miller Geneva College http://www.geneva.edu/
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