A while ago I blogged about the possibility that in future ‘stylometry software could award your latest photograph a score from 1-to-10, based on how closely your composition resembled the ‘visual signature’ of a master photographer. Now, someone’s developed something very similar that works for music, or so they say (it’s not available for download, although doubtless there will be clones soon). They say…

            “It breaks songs down into 30 or so component parts including rhythm, melody, harmony, beat, cadence, timbre, pitch, and gives each a number. What they have found is just about all hit songs, no matter what genre, fit the same pattern.” 

What’s the betting that this approach will soon be widely applied to student essays, augmenting the existing “did they copy it from the web?” software.