Super-Nerdy Analysis of the “Emotional Content” David Bowie’s Songs

Here’s your nerdy analysis chart for the day.

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This project appears as part of David Bowie Is, the exhibit now running at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Basically, Alexis Kirke and Martyn Ware conducted a painstaking analysis of Bowie’ entire output, taking into account the key in which Bowie wrote and sang and the “emotional content” of the lyrics.

They found that the more positive the song, the higher the pitch. They also found that positive, higher pitch songs corresponded with higher commercial sales.  Read all about it at Mashable.

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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