Jul 27, 2012

Pop Music + Cher Lloyd = Science

I read the following article and started laughing.   I mean, really, yes a lot of what is played on the radio today is pretty much generic, overproduced electronic blips and beeps but still, there is some good music out there... right?
LONDON -- Comforting news for anyone over the age of 35, scientists have worked out that modern pop music really is louder and does all sound 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.
"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.
Ok, so the article (which you can read in it's entirety at the end if you'd like) sort of made me laugh and then I forgot about it for a day... until it suddenly popped into my head while I was watching America's Got Talent.   What?   I like Sharon and Howard.   Ok, and Howie.   Fine, I like the show, get over it....

So Cher Lloyd (a past X-Factor winner) is the guest performer for the results show and she starts singing... and all I can think is holy goodness the scientists are right.   I have no idea who she sounded like, but A) that is NOT the music I expected to hear from such a talented up and comer and B) actually that's not really music at all, the lyrics are horrendous!   Don't get me wrong- I LIKE THE GIRL!   But what is that?   No really- stop, listen... what is that exactly?
Blah- just very dissapointing- remember when she auditioned for X-Factor and blew them away?   I think if I recall you could literally see Simon Cowell counting up dollar signs in his head with every word she sang.
Yup- around 2:15 you can see the $$$$ in his eyes...
Well, that settles it.   Someone better save Pop Music before it's lost forever!   Not that this will change the course of the future or anything remotely important like that, but I did feel the need to weigh in with my 2cents on this one.   Happy Friday Lovers.

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