all pop music sounds the same says the study of uhh no shit

So now what everyone knows is… official I guess?

(Reuters) – Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.

Researchers in everywhere ever Spain used a huge archive known as ears the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down audio and lyrical content into data that can be crunched, to study pop songs from 1955 to 2010.

A team led by everyone with ears artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Institute of Duh Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.

“We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse,” Serra told Reuters. “In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations – roughly speaking chords plus melodies – has consistently diminished in the last 50 years.”

They also found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds.

Intrinsic loudness is the volume baked into a song when it is recorded, which can make it sound louder than others even at the same volume setting on an amplifier.

The music industry has long been accused of ramping up the volume at which songs are recorded in a ‘loudness war’ but Serra says this is the first time it has been properly measured using a large database.

The study, which appears in the journal Scientific Nondiscoveries Scientific Reports, offers a handy recipe for musicians in a creative drought.

Old tunes re-recorded with increased loudness, simpler chord progressions and different instruments could sound new and fashionable. The Rolling Stones in their 50th anniversary year should take note.


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Most terrifying GIF ever?

Most terrifying GIF ever?

Heeeeeeeeere’s Ricky!

I feel like this would start a really great caption contest…

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11-yr-old Stowaway and the Olsen Twins

So an 11-year-old boy managed to board a flight ON HIS OWN from Manchester to Rome… without a passport, ticket, or boarding pass.

Here’s the deal:

Authorities are still trying to figure out just how an 11-year-old boy managed to board a flight from Manchester to Rome without any form of identification or a plane ticket.

“I take any breach of security, very, very seriously,” Transport Secretary Justine Greening told the BBC. “So we are now investigating with Manchester Airport and, indeed the airline, to find out exactly what happened.”

Liam Corcoran was shopping with his mother at Wythenshawe Civic Centre yesterday when he suddenly took off, ending up at Manchester Airport nearly three miles away.

He then attached himself to a family and followed them through five security checkpoints, not once being asked to show ID or a boarding pass. Once on board the plane, Liam grabbed a seat and went unnoticed by flight crew until passengers alerted the captain to the unaccompanied minor.

He was flown back to Manchester and reunited with his mom last night.

“The boy went through full security screening so the safety of passengers and the aircraft was never compromised,” said a Manchester Airport spokesman. “He was with a large group of other children, he appeared to be in a family group – for whatever reason he wasn’t checked. It was our responsibility – we absolutely have to answer for that. This was a young lad on an adventure.”

Several airport staffers and crew members have been suspended while the investigation is ongoing.

Sounds fishy to some but NOT TO ME! To explain how this happened I bring your attention to a similar incident that happened to a set of sisters from San Francisco in 1992.

Michelle and Stephanie Tanner have had a boring summer, but are excited when a postcard from they’re older sister, D.J., mentions that she will be bringing home a big surprise when she arrives home from Barcelona. An hour later, the airplane with D.J. and her quirky but lovable best friend, Kimmy, on it will be landing at San Francisco International Airport. At the airport, the big surprise turns out to be nothing more than D.J.’s new boyfriend Steve Hale, who was also in the summer study program. Michelle and Stephanie were hoping that the surprise would be better than this and that D.J. would at least act like she missed them, because D.J. was gone for 8 weeks – How rude! Still at the airport, Michelle and Stephanie meet members of the International Young People’s Choir, and the choir is going to Auckland, New Zealand. Stephanie falls for Terry, the Australian member of the choir. Terry invites the girls to come aboard the airplane and meet the choir, so they take Terry up on the invitation because they believe that D.J. wants nothing to do with them because all D.J. cares about is Steve. Before Michelle and Stephanie can get back off of the airplane, it takes off. Airport security realizes that the two girls are enroute to New Zealand and are able to alert their father, Danny that the girls are heading to a foreign country all alone but it’s all good because they’ll be on the next plane back to San Fran. They get back safely and everyone hugs and D.J. apologizes for being a hateful troll ignoring her sisters and they all hug and laugh about the absurdity of the situation.

So basically what I’m trying to say is that it’s obvious that, hungry for attention, Mary Kate and/or Ashley Olsen and/or Jodie Sweetin made their way to the Manchester airport, seduced this poor little 11-year-old boy, and convinced him to board the plane to Rome. And Obama helped.


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Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

Jimmy Kimmel asks celebrities to read mean tweets directed at them and it’s…. perfect. Correction: it would be perfect if Kristen Stewart could manage to act well in a measly 10 second segment but NO, that’s too difficult.

Really though, this is a great idea and I want more of this.

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Video Games by Boy George

By George, I think love it, Boy George!

Featuring the gorgeous Angel Rose and the equally gorgeous Cesar Polini, a story of young love in bleak Britain. This story is to be continued so watch this space! Produced by Kevan Frost in Bromley 2012.

Using Art To Turn The World Inside Out

JR is a French street artist. He also wears sunglasses at indoor conferences but again, he’s French. Oh and he’s also the winner of the TED Prize 2011 which makes him more awesome and less French lame for wearing sunglasses at an indoor conference.

This is a very cool video about the art he is doing to create dialogue between people and insight change. He then goes on to challenege everyone to participate and girlfran you KNOW I’m up to seize any opportunity to blow up a picture of my face and paste it to a building or train or ice cream cart.

About the project:

INSIDE OUT is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.

INSIDE OUT is a collaboration between the artist JR, the TED Prize and you.

INSIDE OUT is funded by The Sapling Foundation, Social Animals and generous donations from people like you.

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Hi, 911? I broke into a house and the owner’s here…

Check out this amazing clip about a man who broke into a house to take a shower when – TWIST – the owner came home. The owner threatened to call 911 but the this bandit is always one step ahead and already had 911 on the phone! Apparently he was fearing for his safety… because, ya know, he broke into someone’s house and they might be upset.

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Where’s Ginger?

Where’s Waldo Ginger?


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Cow Farts In A Can… You Read Correctly

Recently moved from the country to the big city? Feeling a bit out of place and confused with the changes? No worries… because now you can take the sweet smell of that country air with you for the low price of £5. Oh and by country air I do mean cow farts.

Tins filled with the air sucked out of an ageing wooden stable, straw lined and filled with gas producing cattle has become an instant hit after it went on sale in Germany.

Managers of the ‘Countryside air to go’ project say their clients are mainly country people who have moved to the city and want to be reminded of home.

The cans cost £5 a pop and can be ordered from the web site

One advert boasts: ‘Simply put your nose to the tin and peel back the lid for the authentic smell of the country’.

Designer Daniela Dorrer from the village of Adlkofen in Bavaria in Germany said: ‘We hope to make people who miss the countryside happy and remind them of home.

‘We are planning other smells such as horse, straw, pigs and manure. But most people miss the smell of the cows in the country, not really surprising as much of the smell is from cows.’

Cows’ farting and burping have even been accused of causing global warming problems.

Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 litre bottles, which is really bad for the environment, say experts.

Now I know that the city doesn’t always smell that great… what with the homeless man urine and warm sewage… but really!? Cow farts? I mean yeah there are a bunch of apple pie scented candles out but I would have gone with something more pleasant to remind me of the country like “Freshly Run Over Skunk” or “Not As Freshly Run Over Skunk” but hey, I’m not the expert!

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