December 12, 2010

MASSIVE's long and winding road

Back in August, I wrote of my intent to get my MASSIVE (Math And Science Song Information, Viewable Everywhere) database up to date after three years of inactivity. I'm pleased to report that MASSIVE now includes many additional songs, pushing the total above 3500, as well as some new search options. For example, it should now be easier to find songs that are parodies of popular hits. To find scientific parodies of "YMCA," you could enter "YMCA" in the "Song Template" box of the Find Songs page, or you could enter a writer of the original song (Henri Belolo, Jacques Morali, or Victor Willis) in the "Writer" box. These searches aren't perfect -- not all song parodies have been labeled as such -- but they turn up some interesting results. While nobody thinks of John Lennon or Paul McCartney as science enthusiasts, if you do a search for songs co-written by Lennon or McCartney you'll find a host of science songs (15, at present) based on Beatles tunes.

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