A Fine Frenzy








"The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven"

- A Midsummer Night's Dream

Spotify API

Spotify offers a lot of great data - everything from song length to the start and stop time of each measure. Here are a few important features to understand:


Acousticness

The overall acousticness of a track, related to tracks that contain minimal instrumentalness.

Danceability

Danceability describes how suitable a track is for dancing based on a combination of musical elements including tempo, rhythm stability, beat strength, and overall regularity.

Energy

Represents a perceptual measure of intensity and activity. Typically, energetic tracks feel fast, loud, and noisy. For example, death metal has high energy, while a Bach prelude scores low on the scale.

Bar Count

A calculated field that takes the total number of bars in a song, often correlated to song length and complexity.

Albums

Click on the album covers below to explore the song features for each album, along with samples of each track displayed underneath.


It's interesting to see how similar One Cell In The Sea and Bomb In A Birdcage were, but A Fine Frenzy really transformed their sound in PINES, producing a more acoustic sound, while lowering the average energy and bar count.


One Cell in the Sea

(2007)

Bomb in a Birdcage

(2009)

Pines

(2012)


Album level information is great - but what do their tracks look like when you compare them against each other?

Great Question! The graphic below should help get us started. You'll see a bunch of round dots, each representing a song. There's an interactive legend on the right-hand side that will allow you to hide/show albums, just by clicking on the name!

The Spotify album features have been normalized, which allows us to compare the relationship between different tracks and albums. The distance between the tracks doesn't carry any significance, or their location, but tracks are most similar to other tracks that appear immediately around them.

You can really see the distinct sound of PINES by hiding the other albums. The tracks are clustered together on the left side of the graph, while the tracks from their other two albums are much more spread out, showing the diversity within those albums and the similar sound of the albums, overall.

Recommended Tracks


What are some popular songs that fit with A Fine Frenzy's current discography?


Using the information from the Spotify API, we can start to project where their music is currently headed. After normalizing the recommendations and the original tracks, we can feed those numbers back into the Spotify API and collect popular songs (popularity shown in parenthesis) that match A Fine Frenzy's projected sound, and start to get a feel for what sound they should focus on!


All of the recommended tracks have a high Acousticness value, indicating that A Fine Frenzy's current trajectory is a popular one. The bar count of the most popular recommended tracks closely match A Fine Frenzy's One Cell In The Sea and Bomb In A Birdcage bar counts.



In Love Again

(56)

Hide and Seek

(57)

I Do

(59)

The Call

(60)


Memory

(61)

How Deep

(62)

Iris

(65)

Gravity

(67)

Where do the popular songs fit within A Fine Frenzy's current discography?


Now you're asking the right questions! Let's replot our new data, including the recommended songs. Notice how most of the recommended tracks are surrounded by A Fine Frenzy's existing tracks. This shows that they are projected to produce popular music, simply by combining the sound from their previous 3 albums!

Once again, you'll see a bunch of round dots, each representing a song. You can learn the song title by hovering. There's an interactive legend on the right-hand side that will allow you to hide/show albums, just by clicking on the name!

Another reminder - the Spotify album features have been normalized, which allows us to compare the relationship between different albums. The distance between the tracks doesn't carry any significance, but tracks are most similar to other tracks that appear immediately around them.

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