mardi 10 février 2009

the most unwanted song

An online poll conducted in the '90s set Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid and David Soldier on a quest to create the most annoying song ever. After gathering data about people's least favorite music and lyrical subjects, they did the unthinkable: they combined them into a single monstrosity, specifically engineered to sound unpleasant to the maximum percentage of listeners. The song is not new, but it resurfaced on Dial "M" for Musicology.

Amazingly, this "most unwanted music" contains little dissonance -- that would have been too easy. For the most part, they seem to have tried to assemble these elements in a listenable way.

Komar & Melamid and David Soldier's list of undesirable elements included holiday music, bagpipes, pipe organ, a children's chorus and the concept of children in general (really?), Wal-Mart, cowboys, political jingoism, George Stephanopoulos, Coca Cola, bossanova synths, banjo ferocity, harp glissandos, oompah-ing tubas and much, much more. It's actually a fascinating listen, worthwhile for the opera rapping alone. (We didn't think that was possible either.)

the most unwanted song

Using the same survey data, Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid and David Soldier also put together "Most Wanted Music."

Ironically, it's a way rougher listen than the unwanted music.

This "most wanted" version combines the elements the 500 people surveyed said they wanted most -- love, soprano sax, humble ambition, tenor sax, a marriage proposal, cheesy electronic drum fills, working the night shift, string swells, power chords, and saccharine male/female harmonies -- into an easy listening-style adult contemporary sound that could peel the paint off of the Space Shuttle.

the most wanted song

source: wired

2 commentaires:

thebeathunters a dit…

this most wanted song sucks big time
the most unwanted is quite charming...
i guess this is th trick

miss van der rohe a dit…

guess what: i couldn't go to the end of both tracks ! haha


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