Sound Ledger¹

Audio culture by the numbers

1: Number of No. 1 songs from 2010 to 2020 that changed keys

18%: Percent of noise-polluted marine parks in Australia estimated as exposed to unsafe shipping traffic

14%: Percent rise since last year in noise complaints at the second largest airport in the Netherlands


Key: (the exception was Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” featuring Drake). Australia: Netherlands:

One thought on “Sound Ledger¹

  1. Does first figure, one no. one tune that changes key, include the oft used up a whole tone modulation (heard in pop tune era of yore to keep groove momentum while creating some sense of variety).

    Not missing that approach (hearing all over the place) nor sophisticated enough to know any discernable difference twixt A and B.

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