Investigator Jim Cowdery writes:
Just in case you don’t already know about this: Komar & Melamid’s
questionnaire project about desirable art was well-publicized, but I just
discovered their similar project about desireable music, which resulted in a
"The most wanted song" is five minutes long and comprises a medium-sized
group (guitar, piano, saxophone, bass, drums, violin, violoncello,
synthesizer, and low male and female voices) performing in a rock/R&B style.
It narrates a love story, and has a moderate tempo, volume, and pitch range.
It will be enjoyed by approximately 72% of listeners. "The most unwanted
song" is 22 minutes long, and features accordion and bagpipe (tied at 13% as
the most unwanted instrument) along with banjo, flute, tuba, harp, organ,
and synthesizer (the only instrument to appear in both ensembles). It
involves an operatic soprano rapping and singing atonal music; advertising
jingles, political slogans, and elevator music; a children’s choir singing
jingles and holiday songs; and dramatic juxtapositions of loud and quiet
sections, fast and slow tempos, and very high and low pitches. Fewer than
200 individuals in the entire world will enjoy it.