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Richard Mellish pop music DOES all sound the same (116* d) RE: pop music DOES all sound the same 04 Oct 19

Me: "I understand that the production of such "music" usually starts with a "rhythm track" to which other layers are added."

Steve Shaw: "Sort of how baroque music is made then... "

Perhaps, but baroque music and many other genres have plenty of melody and harmony. Pop music (of the sort that I'm referring to) is built on a foundation of percussion.

My dislike of excessive percussion goes all the way back to early years at school, when the music teacher would play something on the piano and a whole class of kids would be bashing drums, tambourines or whatever. A good solo fiddler can produce a driving danceable rhythm with no need for percussion, bass or any "rhythm section" whatsoever.

The pop music (of the sort that I'm referring to) also usually has a heavy off beat. Syncopation as one ingredient of a complex structure is fine and dandy. Syncopation as the fundamental basis of the music is tedious.

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