Re: Solo ea


Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: Richard Wentk (richard@skydancer.com)
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 11:33:34 EST


At 07:06 13/02/2005, you wrote:
>What about Hit Song Science? Company wrote program that clusters hits,
>using some sort of
>analysis: for 50 bucks, you send in your tune and they rate it by cluster
>proximity. Some musicians
>seem to think this works.

Is that intellectual? I wouldn't it call it intellectual in the academic
sense. It looks more some rather clever statistics, perhaps with a certain
amount of clandestine human talent spotting. Philosophy or wider issues of
artistic and cultural identity don't appear to feature prominently on their
website.

And I'm not sure what their success rate actually is. They say they've been
involved in about a dozen songs all of which reached the top ten. That's
not a bad record, but you have to wonder who and what they started with in
each case.

I'd guess any single which features a performance from someone on this list
is going to be rather less likely to hit the top ten than if it's Bwitney
or J-Lo wiggling their booty on the video. This has nothing to do with song
quality, and everything to do with the less musical factors that drive sales.

Richard



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