Pop Music Scientifically Bland
2012-07-26 by El. Psy. Congroo. | 64 Comments

Reuters has published an article which highlights the findings of a recent study which found that pop music has steadily become louder and more homogeneous in the past 50 years. The study, conducted by a team at the Spanish National Research Council, was performed using
a song archive called the Million Song Database to gather data on pop songs released in the last 50 years.

The team was lead by A.I. specialist Joan Sierra, who shared the findings of the study in the journal Scientific Reports:

Quote:
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.

The study also marks the first time that the steady increase of volume in pop songs over time has been properly studied using a large database and published.

The full Reuters article can be read here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/26/us-science-music-idUSBRE86P0R820120726

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paxman
July 27th 2012

4084 Comments


Well, what a waste of time that study was

jdennis31
July 27th 2012

6511 Comments


Well, what a waste of money that study was



paxman
July 27th 2012

4084 Comments


Well, what a waste of study that study was

jdennis31
July 27th 2012

6511 Comments


Well, what a waste of sputnik storage space that study was



jdennis31
July 27th 2012

6511 Comments


jk, now i have scientific data to throw at people when i troll new age pop music, this is a glorious day

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
July 27th 2012

15732 Comments


Well, what a study of waste that study was

paxman
July 27th 2012

4084 Comments


Justin Bieber sucks because science

henryChinaski
July 27th 2012

2732 Comments


No way!

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Rikardur
July 27th 2012

731 Comments


Science disproves both God and Pop. Hail, Science!

MichaelSnoxall
July 27th 2012

12163 Comments


People actually went out of their way to study this?

Stainkovic
July 27th 2012

49 Comments


Isn't this a really old article?

Masochist
July 27th 2012

8012 Comments


"Justin Bieber sucks because science"

Damn right. And now we can finally have conversations like this:

"Today's music is garbage, it all sounds the same."

"I like it. Music is subjective."

"Bitch, science."

^^^ Study = valid.

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ApplicationToHeaven
July 27th 2012

1561 Comments


Article wasn't clear on the study's definition of pop music

Next
July 27th 2012

20 Comments


I would think you would find the same thing if they were to study any other genre.

And I can only imagine what other stuff they could have been doing instead of this pointless study.

someguest
July 27th 2012

20393 Comments


yeah they could have made a really boring trilogy of ambient albums or something

HSThomas
July 27th 2012

668 Comments


Yeah they could've studied death metal and found it really is just one guy with his head stuck down a toilet doing the vocals for every dm album ever.

someguest
July 27th 2012

20393 Comments


Agreed.

Next
July 27th 2012

20 Comments


Oh you, someguest.

And lol, Thomas.

Steoandnoodles
July 27th 2012

2832 Comments


I had a legitimate reply to this article but paxman and jdennis31's opening comments had me in knots laughing and thus: I forgot it.

Dolving999
July 27th 2012

1624 Comments


In related news, listening to MTV all day improves your chances of becoming bland and uninteresting.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2012

50114 Comments


Study is kind of bullshit saying pop music all sounds the same mathematically because all music sounds the same mathematically, like there are only 12 notes ya know, to a computer all music probably sounds the same

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jdennis31
July 27th 2012

6511 Comments


only 12 notes in the western system

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2012

50114 Comments


yeah that's what I meant, studying world music would be a whole other thing

nash1311
July 27th 2012

1754 Comments


This is just ridiculously stupid all the way around

Trist66
July 27th 2012

148 Comments


Well I could have told them that.

Mickeymau5
July 27th 2012

1614 Comments


ha

jalexander311
July 27th 2012

9 Comments


What a waste of waste this waste wasted

North0House2
July 27th 2012

5851 Comments


Bet they have PhD's in philosophy.

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CutMan
July 27th 2012

1783 Comments


To anyone doubting the legitimacy of this: Yes, there are only twelve notes. But there's such thing as timbre, and tonal qualities... Then there's tempo, time signature, song structures... And even volume was tested in this. Oh, and within the whole notes thing, there are different ways to play them. Octaves, for instance. And something mentioned, chords. We mostly play the equivalent of power chords in everything now, if not singular notes.

The point is that mainstream music now is mostly in the same keys, tempos, time signatures, the tonal qualities are mostly the same because we're all using the same instruments, tones for the instruments, and so therefore timbre, and even, the same level of loudness.

So, yeah.

camaraderie
July 27th 2012

988 Comments


Does anyone really care and or is anyone really surprised?

DrMaximus
July 27th 2012

9156 Comments


"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." - no really?

Destructerator
July 27th 2012

853 Comments


Oh boy, now we've given hipsters a reason to listen to music that sounds like shit for the sake of sounding like shit.

DoABarrelRoll
July 27th 2012

342 Comments


Good thing that the average man doesn't follow science or even logic

darksarcasm
July 27th 2012

77 Comments


I can see how volume in pop music is all the same cause most producers just compress the shit out of everything.

KSK1
July 27th 2012

4081 Comments


"Justin Bieber sucks because science"

Fucking LOL

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 27th 2012

50114 Comments


Most modern producer's goal is to get as close to the red as possible when mixing shit
Like put on a record from the 70's and you gotta crank that shit just to hear it, but it's clear as fuck and no distortion or anything so yeah quiet is good

RosaParks
July 27th 2012

14845 Comments


stupid as shit lol

johnnydeking29
July 27th 2012

9018 Comments


well...duh...

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johnnydeking29
July 27th 2012

9018 Comments


Maybe they'll do one that proves that scene music is for fags next

Spec
July 27th 2012

27153 Comments


Cracked had something about this months ago.

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Funeralopolis
July 27th 2012

11230 Comments


OP uses reddit as well I see.

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ConcubinaryCode
July 27th 2012

2066 Comments


should've spent the time and money researching something actually worth researching.

sixdegrees
July 27th 2012

16951 Comments


most necessary study ever.

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Gwynbleiddsfang
July 27th 2012

363 Comments


"Justin Bieber sucks because science"

LMAO

Rastapunk
July 28th 2012

735 Comments


Radio music is pure Shit made to make money.

danielito19
July 28th 2012

4963 Comments


entire thread:

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DeafMetal
July 28th 2012

8588 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j5h9IgwYgs

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Ommushwo
July 28th 2012

112 Comments


why didn't they teach me this in math class?

Azn.
July 28th 2012

5604 Comments


I don't need a scientific study to tell me that Kesha sucks.

Azn.
July 28th 2012

5604 Comments


But, it's nice to now have proof.

erandolph90
July 28th 2012

184 Comments


I'm pretty sure if they delved deeper into the study they would find pop-music leads to cancer of the soul.

TheFonz123
July 28th 2012

2795 Comments


this just in: people are incredibly stupid

zaruyache
July 28th 2012

6275 Comments


Well... thens I guess I re-evalutates my lifes then.

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Geist
July 28th 2012

371 Comments


Ah, academia. Sticks its overanalytic dick in everything.

TheMoreira
July 29th 2012

7175 Comments


Studies show that comments on sputnik have become louder and blander over the last few years.

erandolph90
July 29th 2012

184 Comments


TheMoreira is definitely better than everybody because science.

Feels
July 30th 2012

267 Comments


big surprise

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TheMoreira
July 30th 2012

7175 Comments


Science bitch< Bitches love science< I am science< Bitches love me

ClearEyes
July 30th 2012

41 Comments


the database used Top 40 archives. And this was not a waste it just validates how boring music is.

omnipanzer
July 30th 2012

21442 Comments


60's = Beatles
10's = (tbd)

yah I think we figured that out already.

EditTheSadParts
July 30th 2012

39 Comments


Yeah Mr White! Yeah Science!

omnipanzer
July 30th 2012

21442 Comments


Mr. Pink: Hey, why am I Mr. Pink?
Joe: Because you're a faggot.
Mr. Pink: Why can't we pick our own colors?
Joe: No way, no way. Tried it once, doesn't work. You got four guys all fighting over who's gonna be Mr. Black, but they don't know each other, so nobody wants to back down. No way. I pick. You're Mr. Pink. Be thankful you're not Mr. Yellow.

TheMoreira
July 30th 2012

7175 Comments


AhahahahahI dont get it

nash1311
July 30th 2012

1754 Comments


I found this fitting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOlDewpCfZQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player



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