3 Sept 2017 Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible? (Thoughty2, YouTube)

Hello to you!  How are you doing?  It’s Sunday, 10:16 am here as I write to you.  We just finished watching a really informative video that summarizes very well the trends Kyle and I have noticed happening to modern music.  How it seems like every time we turn on the radio these days it sounds like the same woman is singing!  We haven’t bought a new song in several months because there has not been anything worth buying.  Kind of the same rut we were in about movies.  It seems like the entertainment industry, across all of the spectrums, is just focused on one thing….money.  If a “package” sells well once….lets just repackage it with some new trappings and put it out there again!  Originality be damned!  What does that do to discerning people like Kyle and I?  Bores us to f-n death!!

As I’ve mentioned in my blogs here before.  I don’t believe that original thought is possible so basically everything created today is a reinterpretation of the past.  Some people and the industries they are part of have done a really shoddy job of their interpretations of the past.   I’ll never forget my brother-in-law Drew, a talented guitarist, who talked to Kyle and I about his experience trying to write an original song.  It was next to impossible!  He would start writing and play what he wrote and realize it was a rift from one of his favorite artists!

This is why I was looking into using random light patterns as a way to try and create new music:


So I get that coming up with new things in today’s world is hard.  I have trouble myself when trying to come up with new things to draw and  write about.  There is no money muddying the pools of vision in which I peer into for creation.   When creation becomes more about how much money will be made than “the product” and those involved in making it, you have already failed.   This is an unsustainable modus operandi.

Anyhew…..Thoughty2 does a great job in this video identifying specific things that are going on that are essentially killing the music industry.  Terms like the “millennial whoop”  and “mere-exposure effect” were things I didn’t know about.  Learning about these  terms helps explain what I’ve been hearing and noticing in modern music.   Why so often now Kyle and I will get buyers remorse after buying  songs now.  We will buy a song, like it initially and then within a short time SKIP IT every time it comes up on our playlists!  To me, most modern mainstream music is repetitive….not worth listening to or buying.


The millennial whoop is a musical vocal effect, utilising the “Wa” and “Oh” syllables, in a repeating pattern on the fifth and third notes in a major scale. It has been extensively used in 2010s pop music.[1][2]


The mere-exposure effect is a psychological phenomenon by which people tend to develop a preference for things merely because they are familiar with them. In social psychology, this effect is sometimes called the familiarity principle. The effect has been demonstrated with many kinds of things, including words, Chinese characters, paintings, pictures of faces, geometric figures, and sounds.[1] In studies of interpersonal attraction, the more often a person is seen by someone, the more pleasing and likeable that person appears to be.


In music, timbre (/ˈtæmbər/ TAM-bər, also known as tone color or tone quality from psychoacoustics) is the perceived sound quality of a musical note, sound or tone. Timbre distinguishes different types of sound production, such as choir voices and musical instruments, such as string instruments, wind instruments, and percussion instruments. It also enables listeners to distinguish different instruments in the same category (e.g. an oboe and a clarinet).


Dynamic range compression (DRC) or simply compression is a audio signal processing operation that reduces the volume of loud sounds or amplifies quiet sounds thus reducing or compressing an audio signal‘s dynamic range. Compression is commonly used in sound recording and reproduction, broadcasting,[1] live sound reinforcement and in some instrument amplifiers.

Why Is Modern Pop Music So Terrible?



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