Music tracks are contagious Science


Music spreads among people in the same way as a virus and can be described in the same pattern as the spread of an infectious disease.

This was demonstrated by McMaster University in Canada Dora Rosati with groups. They also applied what was used to model the coronavirus epidemic sirmodeling for the spread of music tracks.

The study was published by the Royal Society of Science in Britain Proceedings of the Royal Society A.

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Based on the study, the sir model describes the spread of music as well as diseases. In other words, the popularity of music tracks is growing in much the same way that diseases are contagious.

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“When it comes to a disease, a person has a certain risk of getting infected when he or she comes in contact with someone who is ill. Now it looks like the songs are spreading in the same way, ”Rosati says in a research release. The study was also reported British The Guardian -newspaper

“The big difference, though, is that in terms of songs, the contact doesn’t have to be physical.”

Songs can “grab” through social media, radio, or even commercials.

The researchers calculated their own basic infectivity number, or R0, for different styles of music. The infectivity of a song is indicated by how many people download it inspired by someone else.

The highest adhesion rate according to the study was in the electronic music sub-genre electronic with an R0 value of 3,430.

According to it, the style of this music would be many times more contagious than measles, which has an infectivity rate of grade 15. It is not that the species is particularly popular but that it spreads easily among the susceptible to it.

The genre of music is represented by such well-known bands as The Prodigy in the UK and Pendulum in Australia, the latter’s popularity peaked at the time of the study.

In contrast, the infectivity rate for metal music, for example, was only 3.7.

The lowest number was perhaps surprisingly dancella, worth a paltry 2.7. It could be described as electronic dance music, for example.

The more traditional-sounding rock, which numbered 129, did better.

Rapin or hip-hopin the infectivity number in the mathematicians’ models was 320.

To find out the infection curves of epidemics and the similarity of music downloads, mathematicians went through about 1.4 billion downloads from the now-discontinued MixRadio service.

MixRadio was a music service owned by Nokia that allowed you to listen to or download music on your company phone.

In the study itself, researchers focused on the 1,000 most popular downloads in 2007–2014.


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