Originally posted by andyt:
Okay very off-topic. You\'re not going to like this, but you might find it interesting never-the-less...
I recorded a short news article off the radio about software which the pop music industry has started to use. Basically it does some fancy mathematical analysis of a song to determine whether it is likely to be a hit or not .. on the basis of the results the record company may or may not release it !!
Here\'s a link to an MP3 of radio broadcast (900k). (I\'ve turned the quality right down to keep size down.)
(save target as...)
And here\'s some gumpf from the company\'s web site.
\"Polyphonic\'s Hit Song Science (HSS) analyzes the underlying mathematical patterns in unreleased music and compares them to the patterns in recent hit songs. The new technology can isolate individual patterns in key aspects of the music that humans detect and that help determine whether or not they like a given song.\"