Polyphonic HMI is a subsidiary group of AIA – an artificial intelligence company that specializes in the analysis of mathematic and physics as a means for solving complex business problems. AIA was founded in 1988 and is based in Barcelona, Spain. AIA conceived Polyphonic HMI in 2002 as a way to break into the entertainment industry. With much of their top executive board having history in the industry, Polyphonic HMI began to push their technology through the sector as a major breakthrough for analyzing the potential success of an artist or song. Polyphonic HMI has developed what could become a revolutionary tool in the music industry, Hit Song Science (HSS).
Hit Song Science (HSS) has given scientists and music enthusiasts the ability to break down millions of past hit singles into their mathematical characteristics, an endeavor formerly unheard of. Drawing patterns from their results, Polyphonic HMI realizes the potential of their service and intends to use this technology to give a mathematical approach to solving the business problems of the music industry.
HSS uses mathematical algorithms and statistical techniques to predict, on a rating of 1 through 10, the success of a song in the current market. Particular patterns within a song are isolated and later mapped onto a multidimensional grid referred to as the “musical universe”. Within this universe, songs that are found to be similar on a mathematical breakdown form various clusters. Clusters themselves provide further information on the probability of success of an album or a single as they are given significance based on corresponding recent successes. If a song falls within a cluster, there is a chance that it could become a hit song. If a song falls outside of a cluster, it is not likely that it will become a hit song. However, HMI recognizes that a probability or rating alone will not make for a universal success. That is why HSS is offered as an essential tool that when paired with the marketing efforts on behalf of a label will bring statistical competitive advantage to a critical part of the industry that was considered to be based solely on instinct.