Ryan (qwantz) wrote,
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"Easter Time... Easter Time... Chocolate Time... Do all your shopping at Wal-Mart!"



I read Cat and Girl through RSS, so I missed Dorothy linking to Komar and Melamid and Dave Soldier's The People's Choice Music, which is brilliant.

Take a musical survey, ask people what they like and dislike, and then use the results as directions in composing The Most Wanted Song and The Most Unwanted Song. It's really worth reading their results before you listen to the music:

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 commericals 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.


Of course what makes the Most Unwanted Song so much better than the Most Wanted Song, is that these elements in combination are great. An operatic soprano rapping about the open plains of the old west? YES PLEASE.

This looks like it came out way back in 1997, so it may be old gnus to some of you, but it was "gnus to me".

Guys what if I used the same idea to generate The Most Wanted Comic and The Most Unwanted Comic?

look for a survey soon
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