Sunday, 8 February 2009

Ain't nothin' new in music... Just keeps comin' around

The music industry is in a bit of a state of upheaval at the moment, as old skool record companies try to adapt and adjust to the modern digital era of downloading and non-physical formats for their music.

Unfortunately, the upheaval has coincided with a dearth of crap music filling the charts... The Swedes are one of the few bright spots on the world's musical landscape, with Maratone's Max Martin and LA-based Dr Luke keeping the international charts alive with catchy and clever smash hits.

Some people get hung up on the fact that some songs bear a slight resemblance to other songs... This shouldn't be unexpected. There's only so many notes on a keyboard, and when you're breaking it down to the notes commonly heard in Western musical scales, those combinations reduce further.

Australian musical comedy rock band The Axis of Awesome have come to terms with the fact that there are only so many "pleasing combinations of chords", and (with tongue firmly in cheek) reckon one day we could conceivably run out of new tunes.

Here is their very clever demonstration of the awesome power of the E, B, C#m and A chord structure...

* Hat tip: [b3ta]

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