Old People Were Right: Music is Actually Louder and Worse These Days

07/26/2012 4:13 PM |


  • “Turn it downnnnnnn”

Doing the lord’s work as usual, scientists have looked into some things, and reported back that music has become louder and more generic over the past five decades. Told ya so!

“We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse,” explained a member of the Spanish National Research Council, who spearheaded the study. “In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the diversity of transitions between note combinations — roughly speaking chords plus melodies — has consistently diminished in the last 50 years.”

The “timbre palette” of pop songs has also apparently narrowed, while the “intrinsic loudness” — essentially the level at which a song is recorded — has notably increased.

So yes, that’s nerdspeak for “your music is less interesting and more deafening than it has ever been.” Perhaps these nitpicky scientists could be soothed with a nice, full-volume screening of Part of Me 3D?