Statistical Songwriting

Via Gapers Block comes this link to a fascinating paper and project done by a University of Chicago computer science student who also happens to be a musician. Loren Jan Wilson analyzed the content of music reviews on Pitchfork Media and used those results to write songs that played into those qualities deemed statistically significant. It’s an interesting experiment, and I have to say that I do in fact like the songs that he wrote at the end.

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