Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Show Must Go On!

Since I don't have a camera, and I have found something really entertaining to share, I thought I would do the sharing here at my blog, my home sweet home that I miss so much.  I'm not sure people will find this as cool as I do, but here it is.

There was a nationwide study discussed on This American Life, a really interesting radio show, about sound.  What kinds of music do people like most, and what do they like least?  Including tempo, music style, vocal variety, instrumentation, subject of the song, length, etc.  They had everything ranked by participants, then formed all the most liked things into a song, and all the least liked things into another song.

Needless to say, the most liked song was rather typical.  A love song with typical instruments like guitar, piano, drums, bass, etc, and a low voiced female singer, and of a normal length.  The least liked song is super long, and has a variety of "horrible", yet interesting sounds.  For instance; an opera singer rapping, accordian, bagpipes, harp, pipe organ, singing about cowboys and holidays, advertising, animal noises, politics, and so much more that most people hate.  I'm posting a link to it at the bottom, and strongly suggest that if you have some time to kill, just put it on while  you do other stuff on your computer.  I have to admit, I totally love the weirdness of it.  Partially because it's so unwanted I feel the need to adopt it, and partially because there are parts of it that really are fabulous and, if extracted, would fit great into "beautiful" music.  Most of all, it's really funny and entertaining for me to listen to.  At least once.  

Please want it.... The Most Unwanted Song

5 comments:

Daniel said...

I love it!

Erin said...

yay! I'm so glad you posted this and that people are listening...amazing! A wee factual addendum: the music study was done (nationally, I think) through a poll, and it was so interesting that This American Life wanted to interview the guy that did it. His name is Dave Solider, and he's done sooo many other cool musical things too. Check out the Kropotkins...I think you and Erik might really really like them. (Listen to "Truckstop Girls.")

And here's a link to Dave Soldier's website, where you can listen to just about everything he's done! www.DaveSoldier.com

bj said...

That really was a long song! Well, I certainly think it has it's place. I personally love harmonica's and am not against a horse clop now and again. haha Best opera singing ever. Thanks for sharing, I was crying there at the beginning from laughing, just the thing, just the thing.

austin said...

i'm not down with it...

Erin said...

Has Elliot heard this? I think he'd like parts of it...not the thing that sounds like a kid on a megaphone near the end...but most of it.

I'm glad you liked it Brooke!! I cried laughing the first time I heard any of it too...