|What Science Says About Pop Music...|
This week, I thought I'd take a short recess from our movie discussions, and let you in on a new scientific discovery about pop music...
Recently, the Spanish National Research Council ran 50 years' worth of pop music songs through fancy mathematical algorithms using the Million Songs Dataset, and guess what they discovered?
It all sounds the same.
Scientists call that "homogenization." Okay, so maybe we didn't really need scientists to make that big discovery using fancy algorithms, especially since all we really need to do is turn on the radio and hear for ourselves that "new" songs don't sound "new" at all. However, it's kind of nice to have science back up what we already know.
I wonder why pop music keeps pumping out the same melodies, the same rhythms, the same chords and chord progressions, the same lyrical consistency. Is it because people aren't very creative anymore? Or is it because pop music consumers prefer a specific sound and they don't want anything new? It's a curious thing.
Sometimes church music sounds the same to me, too...even the "new" music. I wonder if God gets tired of hearing the same thing over and over, and that's why Psalms 96:1 says, "Sing a NEW song to the Lord." Maybe, since God's mercies are "new" to us all the time, we should find "new" and beautiful songs to sing back to him. Maybe it's not so much about newness of sound as it is newness of hearts responding to God, which results in a new kind of song.
What do you think?
You can read the scientific article HERE if you want to check it out.