This is quite cool:
It’s an analysis of different trends in top 40 songs over the past 40 years. There are some quite predictable shifts, though the 90′s is kind of uninteresting (we knew that already).
I am inherently skeptical of ‘maths-ising’ attempts like this, because so often they are only as good as the assumptions and biases they were made with.
Wired has more about this, and it’s an interesting read. Hopefully, the back-and-forth nature of the animation above means that pop music will retreat a little from the electronic dross it’s been mucking through of late – or have we passed the point of no return?