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ABOUT HIT SONGS DECONSTRUCTED
Watch this video for an overview of the Hit Songs Deconstructed platform, it features, and how it can be used.
HIT SONGS DECONSTRUCTED @ BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC
In April 2019, Hit Songs Deconstructed was hosted by the Hot 100 Club at Berklee College of Music. This video of the presentation includes an introduction by the Berklee Hot 100 Club co-president, Jan Franco Glanc Gomez, discussing how he uses Hit Songs Deconstructed as a resource.
The Hit Songs Deconstructed platform offers a trove of interactive tools, data and analysis that will keep faculty and students in tune with what's driving modern music at the compositional level.
Students will benefit from:
- Real-time information related to how today’s modern music is evolving
- Gaining a granular understanding of the trends driving today’s hits using compositional analytics
- Discovering ways to maximize a song, such as increasing the impact of a chorus, improving dynamic flow, or studing new duet structure options through our searchable technique archive
- Using one of our hit song DAW arrangements to learn how to write and produce in the style of a particular artist, or get started on a musical project of their own
- And so much more!
Faculty will benefit from:
- A reference library of the latest songwriting and production techniques being used in today’s most successful songs
- In-depth song reports that compliment topics being covered
- Downloadable DAW arrangement for recent hits that can be used for assignments
- Compositional analytics for the Hot 100 Top 10
- Easy access to examples from current hits that that can be referenced in the classroom. It’s a huge time saver!
Songwriting and Production Techniques Library
This section of the database features a curated searchable archive of techniques that provides access to the latest techniques being used in today’s hits.
Whether you want to maximize the impact of a chorus, improve dynamic flow, or gain insight into duet structure options, our technique archive has it all right at your fingertips.
Downloadable DAW Arrangements
Our custom library of downloadable Logic Projects is the perfect way to take a deeper dive into these songs and analyze each track instrument by instrument, section by section.
Alternatively, they can be used as a template to get started on a new musical projects.
The Hit Song Deconstructed Reports
The Hit Song Deconstructed reports provide unparalleled insight into the craft behind today’s hits. Using musical notation, charts, graphs, and commentary, each report analyzes a recent hit and takes a deep dive into its harmony, melody, structure, vocal production, dynamics, and much more.
For those who prefer audio/visual learning, our videos provide the perfect way to study today’s hits. Each video offers a one-on-one lesson focusing on the techniques used to craft a hit – from intro to outro – with DAW visualizations of vocal melody and arrangement.
Find Songs with Very Specific Characteristics
Mix and match over 200 filters for compositional characteristics, artists, producers, songwriters and labels. It’s a great place to find songs by a particular artist, producer, songwriter or label, find reference tracks to take into the studio, or get inspired. Drill down to see any song’s key compositional characteristics.
Compositional Trends at a Granular Level
These interactive searches help you understand the landscape you’re writing, producing or working in at a granular level, helping you identify the compositional trends driving today’s hits.
This fully interactive database offers hundreds of different searches including genres and influences, instruments, key, song structure and more. Trends are visualized through bar and line graphs and you can simply click on the graph to drill down to see the songs behind each trend.
What Artists, Songwriters, Producers and Labels Are Topping the Charts and with What Songs
These searches keep you in tune with trends related to artists, writers, producers, and labels. For example, you can easily find who was in the Top 10 during a specific time-period, for how long, and with which songs.
Compare Compositional Characteristics Across Songs, Artists, Writers, Producers, and Labels
Our comparison tool allows you to do just that. It’s a great way to gain insight into a specific body of work or see what compositional characteristics are making an artist’s body of work unique.
The State of the Hot 100 Top 10
Published quarterly as a downloadable PDF, these reports provide an in-depth, data-driven snapshot of Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 compositional and industry trends.
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