Applied maths

Created on Thursday, April 3, 2008.
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I noticed that the music I listen to is not actually thematically broad. Because I’m bored, I’ve put in-car playlist to abacus to find the distribution of music in terms of artist, genre, and theme.

Right now there are fifty-two tracks on my car playlist, spanning 269MB. A tiny playlist, homage to the cold efficiency of the regular culls I apply to all my digital media from programming code to excess data in images to music files and even the MSN contact list.

Sixteen artists are represented on the playlist. For artists who have only one track on the list, I have combined them into the Orphaned artists pie slice for brevity. Numbers represent tracks per artist.

All of those artists are basically indie rock, mellow rock, or regrettably misclassified as emo rock. So much for distribution of artists and genre. Let’s have a look at theme.

I classify a love song as a song whose primary subject matter is a romantic relationship, be it the starting, continuation, or ending of one. The song must directly make reference to this relationship in its lyrics, and not simply be applicable to one (James Blunt’s Same Mistake does not directly reference it, and is not counted as a love song). For songs where this is vague (e.g. Coldplay’s Yellow) I do not classify it as a love song.

But we’re here mathinating already. Let’s break it down to specific subject matter. I put three categories in shades of beige because even though they are different subjects, the relationship depicted therein is more-or-less healthy, and the similar shades make it easier to compare the ratio of happy and sad songs.

I don’t know if this data makes me lame or a hopeless romantic or what. Maybe you can tell me, reader?

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