Hook Theory: Interactive Pop Music Database

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Thanks to Grant Potter for pointing #IntroGuitar to this encyclopedic musical resource: Hook Theory. From the Blog:

For many people, listening to music elicits such an emotional response that the idea of dredging it for statistics and structure can seem odd or even misguided. But knowing these patterns can give one a deeper more fundamental sense for how music works; for me this makes listening to music a lot more interesting. Of course, if you play an instrument or want to write songs, being aware of these things is obviously of great practical importance.

In this article, we’ll look at the statistics gathered from 1300 choruses, verses, etc. of popular songs to discover the answer to a few basic questions. First we’ll look at the relative popularity of different chords based on the frequency that they appear in the chord progressions of popular music. Then we’ll begin to look at the relationship that different chords have with one another. For example, if a chord is found in a song, what can we say about the probability for what the next chord will be that comes after it? Screen shot 2013-04-13 at 10.45.19 AM

Those looking at putting together their own songs – can you see the assignment option coming? – will enjoy perusing Trends, where you can explore diffierent chord combinations, and see analyses of songs that have used them.


2 thoughts on “Hook Theory: Interactive Pop Music Database

    ColinJagoe said:
    April 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Wow. This is amazing. What a great tool. I just spent 5 minutes poking around, but already see many uses for this. Cool.

    Simplicity | Philip Smith - Composer said:
    May 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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