Ever wonder how popular a band or artist really is? Head over to http://google.com/insights/search/ and find out. Today I have three popularity wars set up (click to enlarge screenshots). First I go old school EBM (of course) and throw VNV Nation into the mix with Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 and Skinny Puppy. Surprisingly Nitzer Ebb looses big time. Next up on stage is MGMT vs Willie Nelson vs The Prodigy. The surprise to me here is that the Prodigy manages to stay on the chart at all. The final contest I go for some big bands: NIN vs Depeche Mode vs Kraftwerk. I knew DM would win but if you look carefully there were a few moments in time NIN over took them.
Of course popularity doesn’t always equal great tunes but this is a fun way to see who’s “the biggest”. Do you think any of these results are surprising?
Related post: Using Google Trends to compare sequencers.
I’m a huge fan of any software that helps me get from inspiration to finally arrangement as fast as possible. Once I have my arrangement done the hard part is over and I can spend a week or two mixing and making minor changes to the lyrics. When writing lyrics I always have my browser at: http://thesaurus.reference.com/
I also have a copy of Masterwriter on my hard drive and I really love it. I don’t use it all the time but when I do it always helps me with at least two or three rhymes or ideas. I’ve been pining for them to overhaul the interface and this week Masterwriter 2.0 was released. My biggest gripe with 1.0 was the inability to resize the application’s window. This was an annoying issue because you really want to have Masterwriter sitting next to your DAW’s window on the same screen. Happily, 2.0 fixes the resize issue and adds some other nifty new features including “Word Families” and “Parts of Speech”.
“MasterWriter presents accessible information that’s powerful yet doesn’t interfere with the creative process. In fact, anyone who’s involved with writing words – authors, journalists and sub-editors, for example – would benefit from having such an easy-to-use set of searchable dictionaries to keep the creative juices flowing in times of need.” – Simon Jary, MacWorld UK
I could try an explain all the ins and outs about Masterwriter but their site is loaded with tutorial videos so just head over and take a look. Some people think it’s cheating to use software like this but I think if you sat several serious song-writers down and listened to their final songs all written with the help of Masterwriter each one’s music would ring 100% true to their own style. You don’t belive me? Trent Reznor, Clint Black, Babyface, Amy Grant, Rick Springfield are just a few of people who use this software.
More info: masterwriter.com