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12 February 2007 @ 12:11 am
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Do you suspect that  polling, deomgraphics, and focus groups are sucking the art out of entertainment? I come bearing proof, of a sort.

The People's Choice Project is a tongue-in-cheek art project that polls people about their preferences and then uses the data they collect to "scientifically" create works of art that are supposedly statistically "what people want" and "what people don't want". Previously they have applied their methodology to paintings, but now they've applied it to music!

The Most Wanted Song is "smooth jazz"/R&B easy listening pablum, filled with soft saxophones and generic lyrics about love and going to bed. "Baby, can't you see / You're my fantasy" and such.

The Most Unwanted Song, on the other hand, is insane. There are a lot of things that people say they don't like in music, and the People's Choice Project's "scientific" approach demanded that they include them all. The result is a bizarre mishmash that transcends quality. An over-25-minute epic featuring an operatic soprano rapping about cowboys and Wittgenstein is punctuated by children shouting/chanting made-up holiday-themed commercial jingles, backed by organ, accordion, bagpipes, tuba, etc. It has to be heard to be believed.

"Yom Kippur! Yom Kippur! Self-reflection and atonement! Do all your shopping...at Wal-Mart!"

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Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Komar & Melamid and Dave Soldier - The Most Unwanted Song
Major Geek, FCDjokermage on February 12th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
I must be in the other percent. The most wanted song was bland and boring while the most unwanted song was at least interesting and funny.
Derakonderakon on February 12th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
I think that was Gwalla's point.
Forsythforsythferret on February 12th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Wow. I didn't even make it halfway through the most wanted song before giving up.

I'm still listening to the unwanted song. It kind of reminds me of Weird Al's medlies, or the ones done by DaVinci's Notebook, or a little bit of They Might Be Giants.
Major Geek, FCDjokermage on February 12th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'm almost curious about "what people want" and "what people don't want" religions.
gwalla: trojan on your computergwalla on February 16th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
Some anonymous person posted a link to an art site of some kind. Since it didn't seem relevant, I figured it might be spam and deleted it.
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gwalla: fizzgiggwalla on April 8th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
This spammer's abject failure makes me laugh, so it stays.