Computer To Predict Pop Hits

from the even-more-cookie-cutter dept

If you think that music execs are already getting formulaic in how they pick which musical acts are going to be the next "hit", you're not going to like this story. Some researchers have built a computer system called Hit Song Science, that will analyze songs to determine which one will be a hit. The system compared 3.5 million songs to compare what makes a hit a hit - and (the article claims) discovered things such as the similarities between U2 and Beethoven. They also claim that it predicted the success of the latest music sensation, Norah Jones. So, say good bye to any more musical variety.

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  1. identicon
    dorpus, Mar 13th, 2003 @ 9:12am


    Techies have long been attracted to Bach for its mathmematical predictability. Maybe there are new frontiers, e.g. mathematically predictable rap, that have yet to be written.

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    Chris, Mar 13th, 2003 @ 10:26am

    No Subject Given

    Its hard to imagine commerical radio being any worse than it is now.

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    Mark F, Mar 14th, 2003 @ 8:00am

    Saw this in an Archie comic

    I remember an Archie comic in which the school nerd uses an algorithm to produce songs that are proven to be hits. I don't recall how it ended but this alone should prevent them from patenting the idea - through not the algorithm they are using.

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    thecaptain, Mar 14th, 2003 @ 8:23am

    can't be any worse...

    Its better than having the marketting dept picking/creating the next hits no?

    I mean with a track record like the constantly cloned boybands and teen bimbettes we can hardly do any worse...

    Besides...wouldn't it be fun if someone managed to hack into a system running this stuff and messed with its code?? ROFL

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