Music Think Tank

Has The Quality Of Music Changed?

Dont compare michael JacksonStephen Carmichael
wants to know: Has the quality of music changed in the last few decades? Music and styles have changed and most of the viral content online consists of kittens and things like Psy’s “Gangnam Style”. What should artists be striving for? What do you think the future of music will sound like? Weigh in on Music Think Tank.

“In the future, when we look back at the music of today… one of the biggest songs of 2011 was ‘Friday’ by Rebecca Black, and now we have ‘Gangnam Style’ (which I’ll admit is fun to dance to…)”

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  1. The digital format has made the barriers to entry a level playing field, so true quality music tends to be drowned out by the sheer volume of garbage. And you know what they say about s*it floating to the top. Music is far more disposable and forgettable today, or maybe there’s just more of it than ever and you don’t have to seek out the physical version to consume and dispose of it. Of course, we have far more music to choose from now than ever. A lot of it isn’t just throwaway, but you have to know what you like and what you’re looking for. That’s why where you purchase your music is still important. For me, websites and retailers are critical in separating the disposable from the enjoyable and long lasting.
    John C. Tripp is Editor of

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