Pop ‘Is’ Evil – or at Least ‘Bland’ Scientists Say!
Comforting news for rockers like you and I – it confirms something we’ve believed all along. Scientists have formed the opinion that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound the same.
Researchers in Spain used a huge archive known as the Million Song Database, 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.
“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.”
Yes…Pop Is Evil.