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May 17, 2014 | Science confirms what you've always suspected: music these days is worse than it used to be.


Every generation has its reservations about the state of its current pop music--if not outright disdain. We get settled on the way it ought to be, not as good as it used to be, and this determination is subjectively based purely on personal preference and emotion.

In a recent Smithsonian article columnist Rose Eveleth points to specific components that prove music is getting worse. The Scientific American report points specifically to the development of music in timbre, pitch, and loudness (variety). If you've ever groused about the state of "that music the kids listen to," this is validates your case. Songs have gotten more homogenous, louder, and less rich.

Check out this YouTube video demonstration.

Video Link: The Loudness War

Read Article: Science confirms what you've always suspected: music these days is worse than it used to be.

Posted by Ted at May 17, 2014 5:53 AM

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