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

Simon Wise simonzwise at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 14:37:16 UTC 2012

On 06/08/12 19:46, Brent Busby wrote:
> On Mon, 6 Aug 2012, 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.
> That was true I think until the late 90's, and definitely has changed in the
> 2000's back to the way it was in the earlier period you're talking about. Pop
> music now seems to be about vocals, vocals, vocals...and by the way, did I
> mention the vocals? If there's any instrumental track to speak of at all, it
> usually seems to consist of some TR-909ish bass drum playing quarter notes, and
> maybe some sine wave synth bass on top of that, a few padding chords if you're
> lucky. And on top of that, it's literally all singing, all dancing. The bass
> drum part is only there to keep someone out there from proclaiming the emporer
> has no clothes when they notice there's actually no song really there.
> And the listeners seem to like it that way. If anything is too instrumentally
> complicated, they think it's "weird." Psychedelic music is now "creepy." We've
> re-entered the era of the campfire singalong. And let's not even get into the
> prevalence of karaoke games for consoles. Styles like rock and jazz are starting
> to feel to me, much as I love to play them, like something musicians do for
> eachother's enjoyment, sometimes in over-the-Net collaboration projects. It's
> almost become something where you have to be a player yourself to even
> appreciate it.

there is plenty of traditional popular music that is quite complicated, and also 
meant to be played by many not just a few experts ... sometimes its more fun to 
try something tricky than something easy ... that's the whole point of lots of 
games, popular and widely practised does not always mean dumbed-down.


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