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What defines music? Is today's pop music really music?

As a high school student, I hear students' music walking down the hallways ranging from electronic (dubstep) music to classical, even Baroque-era, music.

Many people from the 80's and the previous decades consider today's music as not music. One reason being that it sounds like fax machines. Other reasons for the claim are that the music is too digitalized, and not instrumental.

I am not sure about this, but were parents of the 80's kids considering the rock and roll music as intolerable?

Every decade, the popular music style seems to change. There was the jazz, swing, beap-bop...disco, rock and roll, hip hop...electronic-dance. If it is the new music style, should it be considered music?

Every music-era before today's has had musical instruments for the production of the music, but today's music uses sounds produced from technology. Maybe technology is the new instrument, the new orchestra.

Some who do not like today's music, say that the new "youngsters" are not aware of the diversity in music, and therefore do not understand what is music.

I would greatly appreciate your opinion. As a multi-instrument player, I listen to all varieties of music from any age. I want to know what you think about today's music.


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  • Oct 12 2013: Let's look at your problem this way. I know of many new style "music" consists of some "singing" , in most part monotonous, sometimes with vulgar or cussing languages, accompanied with some digitally programmed or instrumental music.. My question here is "If we take out the human voice ( most of it is usually not quite literate), do we still want to listen to the the music alone? If most of us, even the youngsters, are no longer interested in it, then it shouldn't be called music. Because the monologue human voice certainly is not of the musical art, or is it? The counter example is that many masterpieces in opera music were so good and pleasing to our musical sense that we often enjoyed them tremendously even if the human voice is taken out of them.
    • Oct 13 2013: Right! There are many songs that I listen to that are just chord progressions, with no voice.

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