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Ranking the 2015 Grammy Nominees

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards come to you Sunday, February 8th.  Rather than complain about the rigged system or make fun of the losers, this year I thought I’d consider the nominees in the “big four” categories on their own merits and decide how I’d order them and dish out the awards. Record, Album, and…

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The Grammys: Deep Cuts Recap

Last night’s awards show rollicked along with inspired live collaborations pushing crossover appeal to new heights, touching moments honoring timeless musical champions, and a whole lot of gold getting handed out.  At least, I assume that’s how it continued: low on energy and staring down the barrel of a new week of work, I only…

How music works?

The Hit Equation

Topping the UK charts is as easy as a² + b² = c². The Music Information Retrieval (MIR) team at the University of Bristol recently announced to the world that they had devised a mathematical formula that indicates what qualities of a song are important, and to what degrees, in determining whether that song will…