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Turning Rick Astley into a Nightmare Fairground Soundtrack

April 18, 2010
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Turning Rick Astley into a Nightmare Fairground Soundtrack

Run a Spectrum Analyzer against Rick Astley’s hit track “Never Gonna Give You Up”, and you’ll get an image of the frequencies used in the song; a sample of such an image is shown above (Side Note: Does this violate copyright? You can reconstruct part of the song from it). This particular analysis was...
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Leonard Cohen and N-Dubz Lyrics: Comparing Songwriters Between Generations

April 16, 2010
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Leonard Cohen and N-Dubz Lyrics: Comparing Songwriters Between Generations

Most people would agree that the best songwriters of their respective generations are Leonard Cohen and N-Dubz. We decided to take a popular song from each artist, and run a quick analysis of the lyrics, to allow a more scientific comparison of the similarities between these poets. For Leonard Cohen, we chose Sisters of...
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Cheap Concert Tickets Despised By Old Men

April 14, 2010
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Cheap Concert Tickets Despised By Old Men

Analyzing the average concert ticket prices tracked by Pollstar, the long-tail distribution of prices becomes clear, with a few fat-cats charging up to 5.5 times the average $30. The data, which tracks the average US ticket price sold by almost 1,500 musical artists over the last 12 months, shows that a little under 1%...
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Lady Gaga Comp-p-p-pletes Comprehensive Linguistics Study

April 12, 2010
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Lady Gaga Comp-p-p-pletes Comprehensive Linguistics Study

According to a scientific study undertaken by the singer Lady Gaga, oh, mmm and ooh are the three most successful phonemes in modern popular music. By analysing the frequency of phonemes used in her hit singles, which she sometimes had to awkwardly force into the music to conduct the survey, and comparing against the...
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Ricky Martin’s Account of What “She” Does

April 11, 2010
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Ricky Martin’s Account of What “She” Does

According to a scientific study undertaken by the latin singer Ricky Martin, a woman moves as often as she bangs (in some ways, like an old automobile), but stings like a bee twice as often as she knocks me out.
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A Venn Diagram of Beyoncé Knowles

April 11, 2010
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A Venn Diagram of Beyoncé Knowles

Normally a Venn Diagram would require labels for each set in the figure. However, the diagram representing Beyonce Knowles’ Best Assets requires no labels.
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