[LAU] Study Finds New Pop Music Does All Sound the Same.

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Mon Aug 6 06:03:17 UTC 2012

On 08/05/2012 03:42 PM, Simon Wise wrote:
> On 06/08/12 02:16, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>> Most people paying for listening to music aren't musicians
>> theirselfes. They neither are that (self-)educated that they need (or
>> even are able to listen) to more complex music. Mass media have the
> which is perhaps one of the huge changes in music in the last 60 or so
> years
> ... most popular music was played and sung by the listeners until then,
> the ability to play something pre-recorded, here music that is not
> directly connected to your own playing or singing, or at least someone
> in the room with you, is really very recent in the development of music.
> Older popular music was as much about the pleasure of reproducing it as
> it was about listening to it.

I think another big impact of the advent of recorded music is that 
seemingly-perfect "performances" can now be heard. Is the singer in the 
studio slightly-off pitch, or ends a phrase not quite right? No problem 
- rerecord that pitch or phrase! Everyone involved can record and 
re-record until they've achieved technical perfection. Then it's 
released *as if it were a single "perfect" performance*.

Hearing such technical perfection can have a very daunting effect on 
someone who can sing but doesn't consider themselves a musician. "I 
can't be that good, so I just won't bother anymore."

In pre-recording days, you might have heard about a "perfect" 
performance, but you didn't actually hear it unless you were there at 
the performance. So it didn't really impact you the same way.

To me, the negative result of widespread recorded music is to discourage 
others from making music and turn them into the good little consumers 
that today's music industry wants.

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