Report | Official: Pop Music is Too Damn Loud, All Sounds the Same

Researchers in Spain used a huge archive known as the Million Song Dataset, which breaks down audio and lyrical content into data that can be crunched, to study pop songs from 1955 to 2010.

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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BandQuote (@BandQuote) July 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

#FF Time-> Report | Official: Pop Music is Too Damn Loud, All Sounds the Same http://t.co/prDJDSS9 via @IGIF

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Orion Satori July 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

Almost all music has become louder – not just pop. Every mastering engineer (often, at gun point) is crushing the dynamic range to compete with everyone else in a musical arms race to be the first artist/band that literally makes people’s ears bleed.

I find it strange, though, that they would be analyzing the tambre of sounds and find LESS variety, when we have a larger variety of tambre than every before, due to synthesizers. Before, it was mostly a standard guitar, piano, or stringed instrument. But now, we have an infinite number of tambres. Of course, it doesn’t all end up in pop music, but I’d say a lot of it does. More likely, these scientists just got together, smoked a bunch of pot, and reminisced about “how music used to be,” and then wrote up a bunch of BS once they were sober. ;)

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