I am running an experiment to see if a crowd can write a decent song together. Over 67,000 people generated the melody by voting on one note at a time. We are now generating the lyrics by voting on one word at a time. For both the melody and the lyrics, the option with the highest number of votes is added to the song.
After you have voted, you will be able to come back to this page to see exactly how you influenced the song. Click on any part of the grid below to see the details of the voters including where they are from.
The first 2 notes in the verse were 'seeded' to kick things off by illustrating how it works
The top row represents 'no note' (or rest)
The highest 3 notes were only made available in the conclusion
From the conclusion onwards, voters are forced to listen to their selected note before confirming. This is likely to increase the quality of their choice
Each beat in the verse accepted at least 50 votes
Each beat in the chorus accepted at least 100 votes (with the exception of the last note which has a total of 68)
Each beat in the conclusion accepted at least 100 votes. On October 17, the site received a sudden spike in traffic when it appeared on page 2 of Reddit and in various media articles. Consequently, a kind of 'surge protection' kicked in and the number of votes per beat were dramatically increased. This served to prevent the song from finishing within hours, to increase the quality of the melody (in theory) due to a larger sample size and to keep the voting open for as many participants as possible. The total was later reduced back to 100.
The last note received a huge number of votes (18,693). At the end of August 2016, the site hit the top pages of Reddit again. This rapidly hastened the end of the song. While the lyrics were being prepared (this took a few weeks), voting for the final note was left open until the "lyrics voting project" was launched.
In the event of a draw, the system selects the final note randomly from the drawed notes