Is Pop Music Becoming More and More Boring?

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January 12, 2021

Boredom in Pop Music?

The decisive answer is – NO

If you take a very deep look at Spotify, for example, you will find an enormous variety of music. The question is, who does that? Of course, there are listeners who are always on the lookout for new sounds, but these are only a few music enthusiasts with free minds. The majority of listeners visit the charts and the big Spotify playlists. And that’s where the majority and the mainstream rule. The big radio stations join this majority and thus create a reciprocal cycle.

This is nothing new, but the consequence of this cycle has increased in the search for the lowest common denominator. This has something to do with the returns in the streaming age. Profits from music production are now only generated with millions of streams, whereas in the days of physical recordings they were profitable with far lower numbers.

The streaming services’ rules on how streams are paid for is also leading to conformity. A 31-second fragment generates just as much revenue as a 10-minute epic. However, radio had already established the standard size of about 3 minutes per song a long time ago. The function outshines the art.

Research shows that the hits are getting simpler and simpler, but this is no wonder after the observations described above. However, the success of Billie Eilish with completely new sounds proves that there is still enough room for innovation. The prerequisite, however, is a large crowd of fans who are more interested in the artist and then also follow his music.

And now we are at the marketing of art in general. The rules are not new, and the fact that the artist’s public appearance carries a lot of weight is also not new. Actually, on closer inspection, I don’t see anything really new at all, and expect that everything will balance itself out over time – until the next technical revolution. That’s just how evolution works. and there are always winners and losers.

What is new, however, is that electronic tools have drastically simplified the possibilities of music production. This calls up many soldiers of fortune who 40 years ago would never have risked the high costs of music production and would have remained music lovers or hobby musicians. Today, many of them live out their passion as producers and create a hermaphrodite being of music lover and music producer. However, many lack artistic skills and also lack the time for further musical and technical training. So they fall far short of their dreams and expectations. This creates a huge torrent of frustration, which is then also poured out on social media, and a new voice in the concert of critics, desperately seeking reasons for their failure.

This voice claims the demise of musical quality in popular music, overlooking the fact that it is contributing powerfully to it. Nevertheless, of course, everyone has a right to live out a passion, and we wish them all the best of luck in doing so.

RESPECT

I am no idealist, and love is sometimes too much of a good thing for me. I think that respect which excludes racism and nationalism per se is enough. Respect also allows a personal retreat when other attitudes to life conflict too much with one’s own.

PROSPERITY

Wealth is always relative. But I would grant everyone the right to enough food, a solid roof over their heads and the opportunity to develop their talents. If some people think they need to keep the current prosperity gap, they should buy a few more luxury cars – what the hell – I’m not a communist.

SERENITY

The first two demands are a prerequisite for making serenity possible for the poor at all. It is likely to be a great challenge for all the half-rich, because in my opinion the hunt for the WORK-LIFE-BALANCE is nothing else but the fight against the constantly threatening poverty in the existing social system.

The Founder

My name is Horst Grabosch and I am the mastermind of all projects presented on this website.

I was born in the largest coal mining area in Germany, known as the “Ruhrgebiet”. After school I worked as a professional musician until I was 40 years old. This time is well documented on WIKIPEDIA

After a burnout I had to give up my job, moved to the south of Germany, to the Munich region, and did an apprenticeship as an information technologist.

Another burnout forced me to rebuild my existence again, which collapsed just because of the corona crisis. In expectation of poverty at retirement age, I began to build a second career as a musician in 2019.

Newest Music

Christmas for Lunatics - Horst Graboscj

Christmas for Lunatics

2 years ago we were amazed when Horst Grabosch, with his project Entprima Jazz Cosmonauts released a Christmas song. At that time we could discover for the first time the romantic side of the otherwise often biting artist – but only in the music. The lyrics, disguised as a documentary, revealed his biting side again. The result of this mixture reflected his ambivalent nature. Today, a clearly biting Christmas song is on the gift table for 2022. On the basis of “Joy to the World” and this time under his civil name, he takes the Christmas concern with rockets and other war equipment violently on the joke. But again, the song has very pleasing sides.

Ich bin der Barde deiner nie gerträumten Träume - Horst Grabosch

Ich bin der Barde deiner nie geträumten Träume

Horst Grabosch is always good for a surprise. Not that this is the first poem set to music that the eclectic has published, but the style is new. Familiar twists appear, but with this song rock elements, a quote from historical NASA rocket launches and electronic elements give each other a hand. The German lyrics are no less confusing. Some kind of shaman promises the way to a new life, which begins “unceremoniously loud” in the “stripped skin”. The master himself sings and the tones of the melody oscillate between the tones of the familiar tempered tuning, although the former professional trumpeter certainly knows exactly where they actually belong – unique.

La quarta porta per la pace della mente - Captain Entprima & Horst Grabosch

La quarta porta per la pace della mente

Fourth soundtrack from the series of Captain Entprima’s meditation music, which uses highly effective overtone structures and psychoacoustic effects to create relaxation and stimulation within a few minutes. This meditation unit is based on the keynote A. This time a melodic instrument runs throughout the piece. As can be seen from the transient response of the tones, it is an electronic wind instrument. The sound has quite a few effects that evolve over time, but the phases are constantly shifting. A very impressive performance.

La terza porta per la pace della mente - Captain Entprima & Horst Grabosch

La terza porta per la pace della mente

Third soundtrack from the series of Captain Entprima’s meditation music, which uses highly effective overtone structures and psychoacoustic effects to create relaxation and stimulation within a few minutes. After opening the first door to peace of mind on the root C and the second door had root G, as expected the series continues with the root D – circle of fifths upwards. The principle remains, but the sounds change. Another wind chime and other melodic fragments. We are curious to see how it continues.

Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar - Horst Grabosch

Die Würde des Menschen ist unantastbar

The song bears the eclectic signature of German author Horst Grabosch and the title is the beginning of the German constitution. In Grabosch’s typical style, which is somewhere between responsibility and irony, the danceable song leaves everything open as far as attitude is concerned. However, the dishonest solemnity of the movement is thoroughly destroyed.

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