06. 04. 2006
The history of chart topping in 37 minutes
Here is an interesting art project by R. Luke DuBois, part of his "time-lapsed phonography" explorations. DuBois's sound installation for ipod entitled "Billboard" used the Billboard Hit Singles chart to create a 37 minute long interpretation of contemporary popular music. DuBois took all the songs that reached #1 and aggregated them into one "song." Weighted by the number of weeks the song was on the top of the charts, the average song got one second in the piece. The end result is an abstracted archive of the history of popular music from August 1958, when the list got started, up to today.
You can hear "Billboard" at the Bit Forms Gallery in New York until 7.15.05.