Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Most Unwanted Song

In the 90s 2 Russian conceptual artists got together to discover the most hated aspects of songs (instruments, lyrical content, singing style) and then create that song. The results are amazing and I expect noone to appreciate it more than my own co-blogger, Nhoj. Here's the result:

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 commercials 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.

The operatic rapping about cowboys is the most obvious feature, and the most immediately awesome but the children's choir singing about the holidays is pretty awesome too. So, there's an mp3 at this site but I've also upped it here if that link goes down. I'm just waiting for the first band to cover it in full.


Anonymous said...

how about the most wanted music? MMJ- Evil urges

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