We had a packed house last night for our Hit Songs Deconstructed event. Whether you were in the audience or couldn't make it, here's the follow-up on a few points that came up.
How to access Hit Songs Deconstructed
Berklee has an institutional subscription. To access the content that is available only to subscribers, go through the library website to be authenticated as a Berklee user:
Start at the library homepage: library.berklee.edu (or any page on the library website)
Click Browse > Electronic Collections
Click "Search by database" in the top center
Click "Hit Songs Deconstructed" in alphabetical list
From off-campus, you will be prompted from for your OnePass credentials along the way.
To get notification of new reports
Go to the Hit Songs Deconstructed website (either directly or via the library website) and sign up for email notification. They are also currently offering a free download of their ebook Who's Writing the Hits? which focuses on the top songwriters from the last year.
As mentioned, our institutional subscription gives you full access, but this is a way to find out when new content is posted.
See how the HSD methodology relates to Berklee's origins
The HSD song reports use graphical analysis to explain the structure of songs. So did Joseph Schillinger, whose techniques are the foundation of Berklee's pedagogy. See the notebooks on the Schillinger System by Berklee founder Lawrence Berk in our digital archival collection.