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Popular music is more collaborative than ever

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Black Baron

The music industry, like the Hollywood film industry and entertainment in general, is so afraid of failure it thinks having creativity by committee is the answer. So many of the top artists are brands as well and so they become their own franchises with many people working in the background. The trouble is that this crowds out new headliners and we have the overlong dominance of the few. Ultimately this leads to staleness, unoriginality and certainly a lack of authenticity. Pop music is supposed to be disposable. To coin a phrase from McCartney (in a manner of speaking) Let It Be.


There is an interesting collaboration happening at the moment where a melody and lyrics (for one song) are being generated from almost 100,000 voters (claimed to be the largest musical collaboration ever).
The melody was broken down into sequential atomic parts - so voters would listen to the preceding sequence (to understand context) and then vote for the next note in the sequence.
The same thing is happening now with the lyrics (voting on one word at a time).
It actually sounds alright and I think there is potential with this concept:


Popular music has degenerated into wallpaper mush another victim of globalisation; all that remains the dull hum of digital dross.


Bizarre that a newspaper which claims to promote the free market (over many years inconsistently I have noted in favour of cautious pragmatism) should think that this type of collaboration is a positive thing. I am reminded of George Bernard Shaw's remark that 'symmetry is the enemy of art'. Are your authors not old enough or well read enough to note the diversity of music in the 1970s and thereby consider its causes and effects. More research, deeper thinking and challenges to convention, please, before we die of boredom.