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Greenlit: The Science of Pop – Can you find the Perfect Pop Song? BBC4

The Science of Pop – Can you find the Perfect Pop Song?   Can science find the perfect pop song? Using big data analysis of British pop music over the last 50 years, this special programme will uncover the major evolutions in chart music, and find out whether hit songs can be reduced to numbers and formulae – then put the results to the ultimate test.Last year, Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Imperial College, published a remarkable study on the evolution of popular music in the USA 1960-2010. This was the first time the large scale patterns of pop music had been statistically analysed – and the results hit the headlines.

Now, Armand is embarking on a second analysis, this time of British pop music, in a piece of research specially commissioned by BBC Four.

Once the results are in – he will work together with hit producer Trevor Horn and his band to see if they can produce a hit single with the help of science.

Platform: BBC4

Producer: BBC Science in collaboration with BBC R&D and BBC Music


Source: BBC press release


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