Thursday, May 11, 2006


Cage Trends

My discs arrived today, so I’ll post thoughts on Chess Pieces and the percussion works quite soon, probably this evening.

In the meantime, I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with Google Trends, which plots popularity of search terms, and names of various composers.  

It seems John Cage and Stockhausen get pretty decent results, and are quite similar to each other and with Philip Glass.  Cage beat out both except during early 2005 for some reason.  Other related composers barely even register or do not show up at all—Xenakis, La Monte Young, Morton Feldman...Cage also beats out the search term “Schoenberg.”

Sadly, most other composers do surpass Cage in popularity, but by less than one might suspect.  Chopin, Strauss, Schubert, Bach, Beethoven and Mozart all of course are well above Cage, but Cage is just about on part with Rachmaninov, and not too far below Brahms, Liszt, and Grieg.

In terms of locations, Cage had a lot of searches from Norway for some reason, with the USA coming in 8th.  However, NYC was far away the most popular city from which searches for Cage were run.  Schoenberg is also most popular in NYC, although in terms of region, it was the Philippines (!?!?) that saw the most searches.  

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