It's now official altho most of the people involved in the musical community and with a few hours of flight suspected it for years but spanish scientists have analysed the data from popular music from 1955 to 2010 and yes, the verdict is without any doubts: modern popular music is just getting dumber and louder...
Laurie Tuffrey, from the excellent The Quietus, reports that spanish scientists have analysed more than 450.000 songs from popular genres (rock, pop, hip hop, metal, electronic) and they looked deeply in three main points: loudness (volume), pitch (harmonics, chords, melodies, tonal arrangements), and timbre (sound color, texture, tone).
They have come up to some interesting conclusions and can pinpoint it to three main changes if we want to look at how popular music has eveolved along the years:
- pitch sequences get narrower (there is definitively less variety in pitch progression)
- homogenization of the aural palettes ( frequent tones get more...frequent, less inventivity in the sound palette)
- loudness gets louder and louder (killling most of the dynamics in songs)
The very sad thing is that, yes, modern popular music...