This goes against everything I was taught in high school (1970-73) and invites comparisons to the doctrines of Lysenko. Neither of those features rules out the possibility of this being accurate science.
I guess it worked.
So the suspicions many of us have had are confirmed. I suspect this is a temporary situation that will correct itself once more creative artists arrive on the scene. I do not endorse some of the researchers’ suggestions:
Instead of lamenting the deafening dullness of contemporary pop music, the researchers suggest ways in which their findings can be used to revamp old hits for today’s audience.
“An old tune rerecorded using modern techniques that allow for increased loudness and with slightly simpler chord progressions and new instrument sonorities could be perceived as novel and fashionable,” Serrà said in a statement.
“Fashionability,” of course, is the entire problem.
I came across this clipping on 07/28/12. My notes indicate that on 07/29 I was at Lenny’s after church when WLIF played Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.” That is an example of exactly what we do need. It has such depth as will reward many hours of study by any serious music lover.
Maybe I’ve done well in choosing music for The William Tell Show.