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Scientists Prove That Pop Music Is Too Loud And All Sounds The Same

According to Reuters, scientists in Spain have used the Million Song Dataset (which breaks down audio and lyrical content into crunchable data) to study and analyze popular music over the last 50 years (specifically from 1955 through 2010). Their findings? That as pop music has evolved over the years, it has not only gotten louder but the chord changes, melodies, and sounds used have become more “bland”.

John Serra, of the Spanish National Research Council, stated, “We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse. 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.

Basically, we’re getting the same crap over and over again and it’s becoming louder and more boring. I guess we can no longer yell at our parents and ignore their claims that the music is too loud.

To illustrate the above points, I’ve got two videos below that support this exact same claim. Check ’em out and leave your thoughts!

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  • ThunderDragoon

    Well yeah, it doesn’t take a scientist to figure that out lol. Same goes with death metal, dubstep, techno, and even 70s/80s rock. There’s only so many different sounding songs you can make in the same genre.

  • Marty McFly

    Fuck pop music. I hate that shit, same with rap. It all sounds like crap. I hate that autotone crap that’s in every pop song nowadays, it makes me skin crawl. Fuck the mainstream bullshit. Listen to punk. (Real punk, not Good Charlotte.. *sigh*)

    • morrisseylikesburgers

      You sir/ma’am have changed my mind forever with your well thought out statement. I will never again listen to rap or pop music.

      • Jonathan Barkan

        +1 to this.

  • lucie-with-a-gun

    just scientists that steal the money.

  • morrisseylikesburgers

    I’m glad that these scientists spent their time and wasted money studying this. Since, ya know, there aren’t real problems in the world.

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