Ding-a-ling. It's impossible to escape the chiming melodies of holiday songs this time of year. Swedish AI company Made by AI decided we didn't already have enough jangling Christmas melodies haunting our every move, so it set an artificial-intelligence system loose to create some new ones.The Christmas AI-generated tunes have some outstanding names, such as Peaches Twinkleleaves and Syllabub Chocolatebells. They're all jaunty and chime-y, and would be the perfect soundtrack for inside a shopping mall elevator. Made by AI dropped some details on how they achieved this festive musical accomplishment. It involved feeding a hundred Christmas tunes in MIDI format to a neural network, which surprisingly didn't turn evil on its human makers. Made by AI says it's happy with the results of its Christmas hack, but the company wishes it had more time to also generate lyrics to go along with the songs.You can download your own AI Christmas song with your choice of bells, clarinet or … [Read more...] about These AI-generated Christmas songs are so freakin’ festive
Can we quantify different features of music? Apparently yes; folks at Spotify have identified and measured songs’ features like danceability, accoustiness, valence, energy, pitchiness, and more. In this humble study I’ll use Spotify data to analyze the greatest Christmas songs of all time and find out how the musical features are connected, in addition to finding the most positive and danceable Christmas songs for the party! Now, you might ask yourself ‘why not just pick the songs you like the most?’ Not a chance, I believe in data and I’ll prove to you which songs you should like. So let’s get ready for some zestful musical insights! The dataset Here be gadgets Not here exactly, but on our new hardware site Plugged. Here Since I don’t have the skills to select top 100 Christmas songs of all time, I’ll leave it to the experts, i.e., Topsify (part of Warner Music Group) to narrow our subject. This is primarily a song curation … [Read more...] about Dry data analysis of Christmas songs to get you in the holiday mood
In the last year, the MeToo movement has led the charge in women speaking openly about sexual harassment, which in turn has caused a number of prominent men in powerful positions to lose their positions of power. Now there are questions on whether the Christmas song "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which was first recorded in 1944, should no longer be played due to its lyrics. Since the 40s, the song has been recorded by dozens of popular artists. WDOK Christmas 102.1 in Cleveland, Ohio cited complaints by listeners in pulling the song from its airwaves last week. Denver's KOSI-FM also stopped playing the song but has since recanted, also citing listener feedback. “We value the opinion of all our listeners and appreciate the feedback we received,” said KOSI 101.1 Program Director, Jim Lawson in a media release. “Respondents voted 95 percent in favor of us keeping the song. While we are sensitive to those who may be upset by some of the lyrics, the majority of … [Read more...] about Poll: Should the MeToo movement kill off a 1940s era Christmas song?
HTV National Desk Published 7:19 am PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Constant Christmas songs are bad for your mental health 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Before you decide it's time to put on your favorite "Christmas Tunes" playlist, experts are warning that hearing Christmas songs on repeat, like you might while shopping over the festive period, could be bad for your mental health. "Music goes right to our emotions immediately and it bypasses rationality. Christmas music is likely to irritate people if it's played too loudly and too early," clinical psychologist Linda Blair told Sky News. "It might make us feel that we're trapped – it's a reminder that we have to buy presents, cater for people and organize celebrations. Some people will react to that by making impulse purchases, which the retailers like. Others might just walk out of the shop. It's a risk." Of course, if we walk … [Read more...] about Constant Christmas songs are bad for your mental health
Google data suggests Brits are already getting in the Christmas spirit, with searches for festive songs spiking sharply since Halloween.The search giant said it had already seen the start of the annual spike in interest for the term “Christmas songs”, and said Jingle Bells topped the list for searches in the United Kingdom.According to Google, the 10 most-searched Christmas songs since 2004 are as follows:1. Jingle Bells (various)2. Fairytale of New York (The Pogues featuring Kirsty McColl)4. All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey)6. Silent Night (various)8. Winter Wonderland (various)10. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (Wizzard)Google said it had seen an increased volume of search traffic for “Christmas” each year since 2004.The company said it was difficult to pinpoint a date at which people typically start searching for Christmas songs, but data from its Google Trends dashboard suggests it started to increase slowly from late July this year. … [Read more...] about Brits are already searching for Christmas songs – and these are their favourites