The Ultimate Melody
|"The Ultimate Melody"|
|Author||Arthur C. Clarke|
|Series||Tales from the White Hart|
|Publication date||February 1957|
|Preceded by||"Critical Mass"|
|Followed by||"The Pacifist"|
"The Ultimate Melody" is a science fiction short story by British writer Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1957. The story describes the work of a physiologist who attempts to discover the connections between music and the rhythms of the electrical pulses in the brain. He believed that all "hit-tunes" were merely poor reflections of an "ultimate" melody, and he built a machine to search for this tune. By the end of the story, he succeeds, but the influence of the melody is so powerful that he becomes completely catatonic.
- "Bibliography: The Ultimate Melody". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- Clarke, Arthur C. (1957). Tales from the White Hart. London: Ballantine Books. p. Forward.
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