has pop finally eaten itself?
has pop finally eaten itself?
has pop finally eaten itself?
has pop finally eaten itself?

It’s the favourite oldie debate- pop music nowadays it’s not like it used to be.

It peppers loads of web debates and is a pub favourite.

Now they can back up their assumption with science. Apparently.

Recent findings from a research team in Spain claim that pop music has become louder and blander over the last 50 years. With an in depth analysis of pop music from 1955 onwards they claim that the music has become louder and that there is less variation in terms of chords and melodies.

Explaining his team’s findings, Joan Serra of the Spanish National Research Council told Reuters: “We found evidence of a progressive homogenisation of the musical discourse. In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations ”“ roughly speaking chords plus melodies ”“ has consistently diminished in the last 50 years.”

They also claimed that pop music featured fewer and fewer different sounds.

Is this true? For me it depends on what you are calling pop music- the top ten only or the big selling records that don’t get in the top ten. is it all Cowell pop or are we going from Rammstein to nu folk to Muse to Oasis to hip hop to MIA to Britney Spears?

From our perspective pop music sounds far more varied sonically, but then it depends what you are calling pop. There is far more sophistication and variation out there than there used to be but who are we to disagree with the scientists!

What do you think? are you one of the old people who thinks music all sounds the same nowadays and is trilled that you have scientific back up now? or do you think they have fucked up?

2 COMMENTS

  1. Surely between 1955 and around the 90s music became more varied as technology and better studio techniques made new sounds not only possible, but easier to achieve.

    Between the 90s and the present day although technology has continued to develop, there has been nothing particular radical and music has stablised with anything “new” coming from mixing existing styles.

    But whatever scientists say – I’ll let my ears be the judge!

  2. I think that’s BOLLOCKS. Here we go then .. A music fan in the UK, a country that has spawned much better and more influential music IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD thinks that Spanish scientists should find something a bit more important to do than try to make statements about music they know nothing about and understand that however close you try to study music it will always have an individual edge to it that may or may not appeal to the listener because everyone who makes music is different, has had different experiences within their lives and probably all had something different for breakfast the morning that they wrote or performed a particular piece of music.
    My own findings have found evidence of there not being a progressive homogenisation of the musical discourse. In particular, I obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations – roughly speaking chords plus melodies – has not consistently diminished in the last 50 years and that Scientist haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about – discuss xx

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