Music Trend

Why we really really really like repetition in music



It slays all day.

In episode #5 of Vox Pop’s Earworm, producer Estelle Caswell, comes to appreciate the art of repetition with the help of Colin Morris and Elizabeth Margulis. Colin is a computer scientist who created two really amazing ways to visualize repetition in song lyrics and how they’ve increased over the last 50 or so years. Elizabeth Margulis has dedicated her career to music research and runs the music cognition lab at the University of Arkansas. Her book “On Repeat: How music plays the mind” delves deep into the science behind musical repetition and explores the many ways our brains react to it.

Spotify playlist:

The Pudding interactive “Are Pop Songs Getting More Repetitive?”:

SongSim:

Elizabeth Margulis:

Some songs don’t just stick in your head, they change the music world forever. Join Estelle Caswell on a musical journey to discover the stories behind your favorite songs.

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  1. No, why do you say we? I do not like repetitive music.

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  3. You should see what Venus by Lady Gaga looks like, there are literally 3 songs melted into one

  4. my theory on why we like repetition is because our brain is always trying to anticipate what is going to come at it next, and the possibilities it maps out consist of what we already know, so when something is repeated our brain recognizes it as successful prediction of events, and the same way we feel whenever we are correct about a solution to a certain problem or question, that sense of satisfaction gets triggered by a repetition being the sequence of correct guesses; in the same vein, i guess getting tired of a certain repetition is just our brains having run out of that reward chemical

  5. 7:33 do you want me to? shouldn't that to be tee double Oh, too.

  6. Bad Romance Iconic song and mysic video!

  7. how much stupid people become, analyzing pop bullshit. it's really disturbing.

  8. eminem, or aesop rock? what does bohemian rhapsody look like? for eminem he should pair rhyme sounds, hm.

  9. So music is basically brain washing?

  10. So music is getting shittier everyday?😕

  11. So this is how autotune was born?🤔

  12. What if the aliens send us a song on those big fields

  13. Coined crazy if you repeat yourself over and over, but its always an exemption in music, why do loopers selling like hot cakes in the first place?

  14. She was right tho i was about to dab to that “take a little bitta speech, aye”

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