I was pretty excited the other day to find out that someone is doing a study to find out how jazz musicians actually make a living. With the measly pay most of us get for gigs combined with the exorbitantly high overhead, it’s a surprise anyone survives at all. I’m glad someone was curious enough about this dilemma to put the energy into studying it.
Recently, there was also a study done on what makes songs catchy. Again, someone got curious, did the research, and found out that, contrary to years of successful radio jingles and pop hits, longer and more complex melodies are better? I’m dubious. But that’s not the point; the point is that they looked into a question that was nagging at them.
If you had unlimited resources (money, intelligence, time), what question would you want to find the answer to? This doesn’t have to be the answer to life, the universe and everything — it can be as simple as “Does anyone actually enjoy eating karob?” What are you curious about? What great study would you put into motion if you had the will?
The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET.