Today’s music sounds vastly different from that of the previous generations to most people, making the phenomenon of rapid cultural change a common perception, which may not be true.
The ‘Generation Gap’ that most people believe exists between people 20 to 50 years apart, maybe just be something that exists in only in the minds.
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A study which compares the rates of evolution of certain cultural aspects like automobiles, pop music, and literature, show that the evolutionary pace of modern culture is slower and more constant than most people feel. While some studies can be subjective due to the kind of topic being studied, they point out the revelation that evolution isn’t that rapid as thought.
Example: A measurement of the high frequency of guitar (common in retro-rock classics) was also found in comparatively modern songs in the late 90s.
Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music popular in the late 1960s that was largely inspired by hallucinogens, or so-called "mind-expanding" drugs such as marijuana and LSD, and that reflected drug-induced states through the use of feedback, electronics, and intense volume.
A research team looked at more than 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100 and found three music revolutions - in 1964, 1983, and 1991.
The researchers looked at the different characteristics of music, including harmony, chords changes, and timbres, then analyzed how they changed over time.
Music and its creation come with a larger context of culture, ethnicity, heritage, lifestyles and habits of humans in the particular era. This study is known as Ethnomusicology, a term coined by musicologist Jaap Kunst.
Non-western music, like world music and folkloric music, is studied by ethnomusicologists who look at the wider culture, purpose, social roles and the various facets of identity to create a larger circle which encompasses comparative and historical musicology.
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