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The History of "Heart and Soul"

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Just who do we blame for that ditty that every would-be pianist picks out when they find an unsuspecting keyboard?

The song we’re referring to is “Heart and Soul,” and don’t tell us that you’ve never played either the top or bottom section with someone at least once in your life.

The melody was composed by Hoagy Carmichael, who’d penned such classics as “Stardust” and “Georgia on My Mind.” Two years later, first-time collaborator Frank Loesser added the lyrics to the song they’d decided to call “Heart and Soul,” which they hoped would be used in a short-subject film. (The trend at the time was for motion picture studios to release short films featuring popular dance bands in an effort to launch a new hit tune.)

“Heart and Soul” languished around Paramount studios for a time, and at first was only used as a practice tape for then-hopeful actor Anthony Quinn. The song was ultimately recorded by Bea Wain with the Larry Clinton Band, and was included in the 1938 short A Song is Born. The composers were disappointed that their song had been used in such a minor production. But when Clinton’s version went to number one on the Hit Parade, they changed their tune, so to speak.

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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