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Writing a Christmas Song Using Data Science (lynchpin.com)
56 points by duck on Dec 7, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 18 comments

The article says the longest Christmas song is 16.5 mins... not even close. I know, it's just the songs that matched their keywords... but Lindstrøm did a Christmas-cheer-draining 42 minute long version of Little Drummer Boy a few years back https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/dec/11/lindstrom-litt... - and yes, it's a real thing on vinyl, not just another youtube '10h of jingle bells'.

This brings to mind last year's AI-generated festive tune: https://vimeo.com/192711856

Which got its own studio recording, which was maybe not an improvement: https://www.reverbnation.com/heathallyn/song/27160680-ai-chr...

^^ I also just heard this for the first time today, and it made my entire day. That dude needs a Grammy!

I thought for sure this article was going to be in reference to the work of Dr Joe Bennett, a Boston Conservatory musicologist, who supposedly created the perfect Christmas song after analyzing the 200 most popular Christmas songs. I was surprised, but it's actually quite good.


I really enjoy how the song is from the viewpoint of the Christmas tree itself.

I want to know how to avoid Christmas songs.

I came home yesterday and started singing a particularly famous christmas song that I will not name in fear of infecting you with the virus. But I hadn't heard the song anywhere, or at least I could not remember. Out loud, I began to sing it, right there in the kitchen, and when I realized it I felt fear. Now it's gone again, and I don't know when it'll come back.

Was the weather outside frightful?

That's what came to mind reading your comment.

Please don't do this

I was thinking of that one called “Merry Christmas” in Spanish

Don’t go outside

Or go very, very, very far outside. Like, into the woods. This may be necessary if you have inconsiderate neighbors playing Christmas music you can hear through the walls.

Star color-key is wrong on the cluster-chart. You swapped yellow and red.

Unless the song is called "Error establishing a database connection", I think the site is down.

Google Cache: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:on34qG...

I remember as a child in china, we used to gather around our living room fireplace and sing a traditional round of "Translation server unavailable".

That song would be better than most Christmas songs.

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