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Friday, November 5, 2010

The Most Annoying Song Ever?

Posted by Travis Ritter on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 1:10 PM

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This may be old news (in fact, the original study was was done in the 1996, and resufaced two years ago in Wired), but I'm just getting around to this whole "internet" thing. (Where are the tubes?!)

Anyway, Russian artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid (who researched the most wanted/unwanted artwork), and American composer David Soldier conducted an online poll of over 500 surveyors to find what music was most annoying/unwanted to the greater population, as well as what was most desirable.

Soldier found that "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 commericials and elevator music."

Soldier composed the disparate components of his polling results, and came up with a twenty-five minute track, naturally titled "America's Most Unwanted Song." The operatic rapping is really something to behold.

Listen to the monstrosity below:

h/t: Harbeer Sandhu

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