March 13, 2003
The Next Big Thing
Polyphonic HMI, has devised a technology called Hit Song Science (HSS), which according to its description "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." According to a column in yesterday's NYT [The Pop Life by Neil Strauss], several major labels are either using or considering HSS for the analysis of unreleased songs compared against known hits. Thus perfect pop becomes that much more perfected, and commercial music more commercial. 'Cause we haven't got enough out there already.