[If you suspect that songs today tend to
sound the same, it turns out you're right. A
group of Spanish scientists looked at a
huge database of songs and analyzed their
trends, publishing their results in the
scientific journal Nature. What they found
was proof positive that, over the last few
decades, songs have progressively gotten
louder, decreased their pitch transitions,
and generally become more homogeneous.
Originally posted by benrl
Didn't need science to verify that.
There was an interview someone posted where Billy Corgan basically says that its because the industry has become all about corporate interest, pumping out what has been successful for them in the past.
Originally posted by sixswornsermon
Never fear. There is a large underground movement of DIY artists. Some are quite amazing indeed.
Check out reverbnation.com if you have not already. It's just one of many sites that provide a venue for artists.
Did you really expect to find good music (with the exception of the classics) on the radio????
Yeah it sucks. I know tons of brilliant musicians as well you know. Nice new avatar by the way man.
Much of the gathered evidence points towards an important degree of conventionalism, in the sense of blockage or no-evolution, in the creation and production of contemporary western popular music. Thus, from a global perspective, popular music would have no clear trends and show no considerable changes in more than fifty years. Pitch codeword frequencies are found to be always under the same underlying pattern: a power law with the same exponent and fitting parameters. Moreover, frequency-based rankings of pitch codewords are practically identical, and several of the network metrics for pitch, timbre, and loudness remain immutable. Frequency distributions for timbre and loudness also fall under a universal pattern: a power law and a reversed log-normal distribution, respectively. However, these distributions' parameters do substantially change with years. In addition, some metrics for pitch networks clearly show a progression. Thus, beyond the global perspective, we observe a number of trends in the evolution of contemporary popular music. These point towards less variety in pitch transitions, towards a consistent homogenization of the timbral palette, and towards louder and, in the end, potentially poorer volume dynamics.
Not that we need a scientist to tell us that the majority of recent pop/chart music is crap! In fact there is nothing good in the charts anymore.