If a lot of music by manufactured bands sounds tediously similar these days, things may soon get a lot worse. A Spanish company says it has developed software to replace talent spotters that will “listen” to music and predict a song’s chances of becoming a hit.

The software, Hit Song Science, has been developed by Polyphonic HMI of Barcelona to help record companies determine the chart potential of a song before deciding whether to invest in promoting it, New Scientist says.

It works by matching a song against the musical traits of known hits, searching for identified patterns in beat, melody, pitch, chord progression, harmonic variation and fullness of sound.
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