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  • It's Official: Pop music too loud and all sounds the same

    A team led by artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.



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  • #2
    So my parents were right then.
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    • #3
      Article here




      I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you.
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      • #4
        Except for "Call me maybe" ??

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        • #5
          Since many of us have known this for a long time I'm more interested in causes. I hope they follow-up with a careful study of the transition from analog to all-digital processing, from tracking to end product. Why did bass frequencies increase? Why did practical dynamic range shrink on a format that was sold on its greater potential dynamic range? That
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          • #6
            Since many of us have known this for a long time I'm more interested in causes. I hope they follow-up with a careful study of the transition from analog to all-digital processing, from tracking to end product. Why did bass frequencies increase? Why did practical dynamic range shrink on a format that was sold on its greater potential dynamic range? That
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            • #7
              Since many of us have known this for a long time I'm more interested in causes. I hope they follow-up with a careful study of the transition from analog to all-digital processing, from tracking to end product. Why did bass frequencies increase? Why did practical dynamic range shrink on a format that was sold on its greater potential dynamic range? That

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              • #8
                From a 1972 Archie comic

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                • #9

                  I want to play a guitar when I play guitar, not a piece of plastic. But that's just my opinion.


                  A lot of people feel that way about recorded sound.
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                  • #10
                    A team led by artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.

                    "We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse," Serra told Reuters. "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 found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds.


                    They must have some pretty advanced software that can figure out chord progressions and melodies. They could make a fortune with that one.

                    What do they consider pop music?

                    50 years worth of music is a lot of music.

                    I would agree that pop music (or American top 40) has become louder and less melodic in the last decade, but I don't see how they can say it has more limited variety of sounds. I do think highly compressed music can make mixes sound muddy which may give the impression of a limited variety of sounds though.

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                    • #11
                      Why did bass frequencies increase? Why did practical dynamic range shrink on a format that was sold on its greater potential dynamic range? That
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                      • #12
                        Good point Mike, makes sense.

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                        • #13
                          Yuk!!! I despise what passes for Pop music these days with that square wave synth crap happening and tired production. It DOES all sound the same. Country radio is pretty bad as well but there is some diversity in crappiness at least! It's the only current music I can listen to for years now. To me, rock doesn't even exist anymore although I've heard a few things here and there by recent bands that sound OK..DON'T even get me started on "hipster" music that passes for good these days...I feel like such an old man when I hear out of tune wailing and high pitched falsetto singing by bands and artists who are lauded as "genius".....Not by my standard. The Times they are a Continuing to change...

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                          • #14
                            that square wave synth crap happening

                            Lord have mercy, I thought I was the only one who couldn't stand it !

                            That's up there with the electronic clappy sound in terms of obnoxiousness for me.

                            The first time I ever heard this one I had to change the station about a minute into it because it was giving me a headache:

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                            • #15
                              I'm sorry I was dancing, what were you talking about?

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