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August 25, 2014 3:19 PM   Subscribe

Every second, a few people on Spotify hit "play" on the same track at the same time. via waxy
posted by graventy (35 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
I just discovered that my new headphones make pop music (the kind of very compressed bass heavy stuff I don't usually listen to) sound amazing.
posted by idiopath at 3:31 PM on August 25


Oh man, this is the new thing that's gonna drive my wife crazy.
posted by cortex at 3:33 PM on August 25 [3 favorites]


And, interestingly enough, it seems to stop switching tracks when you go to another tab in the same Chrome window. Though it only plays a short segment, twenty seconds or so, it seems like.
posted by cortex at 3:35 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


Beautiful visualization, but STOP SKIPPING AROUND rage inducing.
posted by maryr at 3:37 PM on August 25 [2 favorites]


The pause button seems to pause the switching, not the playing music, which was kind of confusing.
posted by TwoWordReview at 3:37 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


The best is when non-pop stuff inexplicably appears: ambient-drone act Hammock?
posted by naju at 3:42 PM on August 25 [2 favorites]


I wonder about the people who are exactly at the halfway point between the two city pairs. The sound slowly dissipates over that distance, but maybe there's a microscopic bit of power there, and at that halfway point the waves converge and some guy on a tractor harvesting corn near Russell, Kansas suddenly thinks he hears Cher singing "do you believe in life after love!"
posted by crapmatic at 3:44 PM on August 25 [20 favorites]


I think my ears bled a little
posted by surazal at 3:47 PM on August 25


I had the sound on my computer muted when I visited the site. It's quite a beautiful presentation of information when viewed like that. After reading the comments here I think I'll keep the sound off.
posted by citizenoftheworld at 3:54 PM on August 25 [8 favorites]


The best part is that they only last a second or two.

All the music in the world sucks.
posted by Splunge at 3:56 PM on August 25 [2 favorites]


People all over the world love the same crap music. Great.
posted by dortmunder at 3:56 PM on August 25 [5 favorites]


JINX!
posted by Splunge at 3:56 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


Today, in Portland and in Mexico City, two people played 'Californication' by The Red Hot Chili Peppers at the same time.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:04 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


Hm. So far I have seen New York, Paris, Brussels, Munich, and everyone was listening to ...

POP MUSIC!

Talk about ...

POP MUSIC!
posted by maxsparber at 4:05 PM on August 25 [14 favorites]


I actually think the music people are listening to sounds pretty great! Having this on reminds me of the old days, when you'd flip through the dial on the radio, hearing a second of this, three seconds of that. Sometimes the same song twice. I like it!
posted by escabeche at 4:27 PM on August 25 [2 favorites]


But who is "Magic!"? A "Canadian reggae fusion" act, according to Wikipedia. Beloved in sync all over the world, according to Serendipity.
posted by escabeche at 4:28 PM on August 25


I implore you not to investigate Magic! any further. Specifically, just don't listen to that song "Rude". It's worst of the decade, as far as I'm concerned, and it'll stay in your head forever.
posted by naju at 4:33 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


Interesting!

According to this, if ~71 people listen to the same song at random times within the same hour, there's a 50% chance that there'll be two who start on the same second.

With only 347 listens per day there's 50% chance of one or more same-second-starts, and that's assuming things are distributed evenly throughout the 24 hours. If there are peak times, then the chances of collision are higher (or fewer listens are required for the same 50% chance).

A couple hundred listens a day, worldwide, doesn't seem like all that many. But we're way more likely to get collisions on the songs that are streamed a million times a day. There's only 86,000 seconds in each day, so it's possible that every second multiple people start streaming Rude.
posted by aubilenon at 4:46 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


I love good pop music more than anything, but man, there's a lot of godawful crap out there I didn't know even existed. Thanks Serendipity.
posted by naju at 4:47 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


Re: amazing headphones, the cheaper ones basically double down on the losses already introduced by pop production. If $250 isn't your speed these are good $50 work horses.
posted by aydeejones at 4:47 PM on August 25


Bad taste is universal, who knew?
posted by OHenryPacey at 4:49 PM on August 25


JINX!

Every second, a few people on Metafilter hit "post" on the same comment at the same time.
posted by hypersloth at 4:52 PM on August 25 [3 favorites]


Gorgeous.
posted by signal at 5:48 PM on August 25


The hopeless mashed potato pudding of pop music reminds me of Girl Talk, which reminds me of being at a party I hate.
posted by Turkey Glue at 6:14 PM on August 25


Okay serendipity, where in the world is someone listening to the Dismemberment Plan with me? Somewhere? Please?
posted by ActionPopulated at 6:28 PM on August 25


My daughter noticed that the background (behind the landforms) is based on the album art!
posted by vespabelle at 6:58 PM on August 25


I love this, even with the skipping around! (I also love it when I hit [+] on MeFi and see it increment by 2.) Thanks for sharing.
posted by juliplease at 7:42 PM on August 25


There's only 86,000 seconds in each day, so it's possible that every second multiple people start streaming Rude.

Well, that's pretty much the most depressing thing I've read all day.
posted by spitefulcrow at 8:22 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


holy crap, I might actually learn what's popular these days with this.
posted by daisystomper at 9:52 PM on August 25 [1 favorite]


Serendipity? I don't think that words means what you think it means.
posted by monospace at 11:50 PM on August 25


> Having this on reminds me of the old days, when you'd flip through the dial on the radio, hearing a second of this, three seconds of that.

Are you sure? I tried this on the way to work and just heard Rude by Magic! on twenty different frequencies.
posted by winterhill at 1:34 AM on August 26


This is great! Of course it's mostly pop, would be strange if it wasn't.

As someone who had their first real cheesy dad moment on Sunday this is a great tool to see and hear what's trending! (Driving up the motorway and saw busloads of what I thought were children, probably in their twenties, heading to The Tennents Vital Festival in Belfast. Wife told me it must be David Guetta. I asked her what he sings :-/)
posted by twistedonion at 3:03 AM on August 26


Odd controls! Pause pauses the skipping but not the music (though it often pauses after the next song starts and only plays for about a minute anyway). Mute stops the music but not the skipping. Given that this is at least somewhat official Spotify I'm surprised there's no option to click on a song, add this to my music, etc.

Though maybe it would make sense to build in that functionality if it was live.

But this is fun.
posted by mountmccabe at 7:59 AM on August 26


Ah crap. I thought you mean Serenity. Never mind.

I am a leaf on the wind.

Carry on.
posted by mule98J at 10:52 AM on August 26


> I had the sound on my computer muted when I visited the site

I didn't realize until I read your comment that I did, too. The site had hypnotized three of us Corpses without the music, just with all the swooping.
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:18 AM on August 30


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