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it is getting worse

Watch this video for confirmation of what you instinctively already knew to be true: namely that modern music is getting progressively worse. Not only has the chord palette been reduced, but the timbre, quality and diversity of sounds has been drastically diminished.

This was discovered by analyzing over 500,000 recordings made between 1955 and 2010 showing that this decline in popular music has continued steadily since its peak form in the 1960's when a song like "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles employed a 40 piece orchestra to record it. Obviously these costs are astronomic today but the thing that is even more disheartening is the reduction in chord variety and patterns.

Many of today's hits have been written by the same select group of writers employed by the major labels hence the similarity in style and making us think it all sounds the same. That's because it actually does.

So while it is tempting to think we're just being old fogies, it might just be that what our ears were telling us was correct....


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  1. This is so true and I've been saying it for years. Back in the Seventies (and extending for some bands into the Eighties), there was real effort made to produce creative, interesting songs. Now, that effort doesn't exist.

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    1. yes you are right Ally and much of this change coincided with the entry of the big producers who created the artists rather than the artists coming to the labels.

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