Sunday, February 10, 2008

Clearly this is the greatest thing ever.

From the blog of the author of Dino Comics comes this amazing gem of the Intarwebs: The Most Wanted and The Most Unwanted Songs. This awesome (as yet two-part) project, by Komar and Melamid, used information from teh Web-o-Blag to find out what, on average, people wanted in a piece of music and what they did not want:

"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 despises the organ, for example—fewer than 200 individuals of the world's total population would enjoy this piece."

If you're like me (those of us in the supposed <200 people who enjoy The Most Unwanted Song), The Most Wanted Song is trash; I actually downloaded The Most Unwanted Song for my iTunes. Enjoy, though, whichever you choose.

1 comment:

  1. The most unwanted one was awesomely weird... I loved the temple block/accordion faux western thing going on in the first section. Glad to know we're on the same team (people who like unlikely music...)

    good find...