A Computer NAILS the Music Progression of the Beatles

Between 1963 and 1970, the Beatles underwent a series of astonishing musical transformations, moving from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to the sophistication of Abbey Road. This musical progression is obvious to us humans  I mean, who can’t tell that “She Loves You” is more facile than, say “A Day in the Life?”  But could a computer figure it out?

In another step toward The Singularity, an algorithm created by Lawrence Technological University was able to analyze the Beatles’ music and correctly recognize (and sequence) the band’s artistic development and stylistic changes.

It nailed that Help! came before Rubber Soul and that Sgt Pepper predated The White Album.

In fact, the algorithm even recognized that although Let It Be was the last Beatles album to be released, the songs on that record were written before Abbey Road. Impressive.

And it all began with a study of whale songs.  The full story can be found at PsyPost.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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