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Chords to 1300 songs analyzed statistically for patterns

hooktheory (2661489) writes | more than 2 years ago

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hooktheory writes "We looked at the statistics gathered from 1300 choruses, verses, etc. of popular songs to discover the answer to a few basic questions. First we look at the relative popularity of different chords based on the frequency that they appear in the chord progressions of popular music. Then we begin to look at the relationship that different chords have with one another.

To make quantitative statements about music you need to have data; lots of it. Guitar tab websites have tons of information about the chord progressions that songs use, but the quality is not very high. Just as important, the information is not in a format suitable for gathering statistics. So, over the past 2 years we’ve been slowly and painstakingly building up a database of songs taken mainly from the billboard 100 and analyzing them 1 at a time. At the moment the database of songs has over 1300 entries indexed.

Knowing these patterns can give one a deeper more fundamental sense for how music works"

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Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40315839)

I like this! Pop music usually follows a format. An analysis of this quite interesting.
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