[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

[mob] [Fwd: Scientific musical composition yields worst. Song. Ever.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Boing Boing Blog] Scientific musical composition yields worst. Song. Ever.
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 09:05:43 -0700
From: R. A. Hettinga <[email protected]>
To: Philodox Clips <[email protected]>

--- begin forwarded text

From: "Cory Doctorow" <[email protected]>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 10:28:54 -0700
Subject: [Boing Boing Blog] Scientific musical composition yields worst. Song. Ever.

Komar & Melamid, an artist duo, conducted a survey about what people like about various kinds of art, including music,and then recorded "The Most Wanted Song" and "The Most Unwanted Song," according to their market research. I really like the sound of The Most Unwanted Song:

The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, veers wildly between loud and quiet sections, between fast and slow tempos, and features timbres of extremely high and low pitch, with each dichotomy presented in abrupt transition. The most unwanted orchestra was determined to be large, and features the accordion and bagpipe (which tie at 13% as the most unwanted instrument), banjo, flute, tuba, harp, organ, synthesizer (the only instrument that appears in both the most wanted and most unwanted ensembles). An operatic soprano raps and sings atonal music, advertising jingles, political slogans, and "elevator" music, and a children's choir sings jingles and holiday songs. The most unwanted subjects for lyrics are cowboys and holidays, and the most unwanted listening circumstances are involuntary exposure to commericals and elevator music. Therefore, it can be shown that if there is no covariance--someone who dislikes bagpipes is as likely to hate elevator music as someone who de! spises th

Posted by Cory Doctorow to <http://boingboing.net/>Boing Boing Blog at 6/18/2003 1:07:33 AM

--- end forwarded text

R. A. Hettinga <mailto: [email protected]>
The Internet Bearer Underwriting Corporation <http://www.ibuc.com/>
44 Farquhar Street, Boston, MA 02131 USA
"... however it may deserve respect for its usefulness and antiquity,
[predicting the end of the world] has not been found agreeable to
experience." -- Edward Gibbon, 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'