Society Reception to Pop and Jazz Pop music and Jazz music are two different worlds. They cannot be compared to each other, as it would be like comparing a magazine to a novel. Everywhere, pop music is prevalent. It is heard on the radio, in shops, in parties, and other places. People sing pop songs all the time. We can say that contemporary pop music from artists Like Kathy Perry, Lady Gaga.
One Direction, Adele, Chris Brown. And the eke(mainly Top 40 artists), attracts more attention than jazz music in our society today due to pop music’s predictability, catchy lyrics, simple song structures and time signature; contrary to a great number of Jazz songs that have complicated time signatures and structures, and the syncopation of rhythms. Pop Is the most accessible musical genre. Almost all of the contemporary pop songs use a 4/4 time signature, which is the most basic time signature In music.
The 4/4 time signature Is the time signature than you can easily tap your feet to, and It Is usually a predictable one. The song structure is simple. There’s the intro, verse, refrain, bridge, and more often than not, the tutor. There also is a “pop song formula” that two Rutgers graduate students, Shawn Ellis and Tom Engendered, have visualized, and this formula has been proven to make a pop song from 1960-2010 a hit. The formula is relatable to the aforementioned structure.
According to them, the winning formula for a hit pop song should have the Norse-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge- chorus” structure, a 4/4 time signature, a chord progression of I-III-IV (first, third, and Ruth chord in the major scale), a tempo of 135 beats per minute on average, and it is required to be sung in the major scale. Jazz is a complex genre, as opposed to pop. The structures and time signature for jazz music are not what you would consider as basic or simple. The time signature choice Is endless. A Jazz musician can shift from time signature to time signature.
As for the structure, most Jazz songs Incorporate different song structures, deviating from the conventional song structure of a pop song. Syncopation also plays a big role in the Jazz genre, along with improvisation. Syncopation is the change of rhythm of a song to a deferent and weaker beat of the song. Improvisation, in the musical sense, is an act of extemporaneous playing of notes according to the song’s key and scale. Most of the time in Jazz, though, Improvisation Is not bound to the key and scale, as It may change In the duration of the song.
The Intent of each musical genre Is different. In the commentary of Roger Crane called “Pop-Deed Commentary: Listening to Jazz vs.. Listening to Pop”, he states that the real intent of pop is different from jazz. Jazz music focuses on the musical value of a Eng, and pretty much experiments with a lot of sounds. Pop, on the other hand, focuses on what everyone wants, and what everyone could enjoy easily. Jazz songs take a lot of skill to play, and Jazz artists don’t ever try to make their sound appeal to All genres of music change throughout the years.
Pop, on the other hand, has lowered its standards in the last 5 years. Repetition and monotony is the key for pop music. Scientists at the Spanish National Research Council conducted a research about how pop music’s diversity of note combinations has diminished in the last fifty ears. They concluded that pop music in the present, specifically the sass’s, all sound the same, and they’re all Just fighting for who’s louder. The musical elements of most pop songs these days are most of the time similar to each other and they do not have the same diversity as it had fifty years ago.
Even though this is the case, the masses still choose to listen to pop music, and enjoy it. A survey was conducted by students of Excelsior College in New York, in which they asked a number of different people what genre they favor. (from: http://www. Staunch. Com/5. O/Bridgeport. PH? Reported=27595) It is seen in the chart that the number of people who favor pop music (23) is way more than the number of people who favor Jazz music (4). The people interviewed for this survey is varied as they are from different families, they have different connections, and they have different tastes in music.
Though there are other factors that can say why society enjoys pop music, scientific explanations can prove why our people love listening to pop, and why they are hooked to it. An article by Each Lynch talks about a research conducted in 2006 y Dry. Daniel Levities, a neuroscience, and another group of neuroscience along with him. Dry. Levities wanted to answer questions like, “Are our brains wired for sound? ” , “Does the brain experience a live performance different from a recorded one? And “Why are pop music memories be so sharply encoded (in our brain)? “. Dry. Levities observed thirteen subjects who listened to classical music while they were in an MR. machine. They found that the music gives them a brain-chemical activity. The music, according to them, triggers the brain’s “happy chemicals”, namely dopamine, which offers a “rewarding feeling”. According to Dry. Levities, the reason why pop music is well-received by most people is because of the constant timbre, or the peculiar blend of tones in sound.
The constant timbre does not give the brain too much work to do when listening to pop. As Levities said, the virtuosity of a pop performer is not what attracts the listener, but the constant timbre throughout the song. Pop music has changed in the last fifty years. The pop music we hear these days are not what you would hear in the sass’s. In society nowadays, people don’t really listen to artists hat are the most skilful, the best sounding, or the legendary ones. They focus more on what’s catchy, what’s simple, and what’s consistent.
Pop music has degraded, while Jazz is the one evolving, yet society still listens to pop more often. Of course, it is truly the choice of the people if they want to listen to pop or not. Neuroscience proves, though, that that it is what the human brain enjoys. The constant timbre and the simplicity of the pop songs is what appeals to most, if not all. Almost all pop songs today have this element of being loud and trying to be monotonous, and that’s hat people love these days, because it’s Just everywhere, and they get used to it.