Gear Change

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Thinking about evolution of song and singing culture is occupying a lot of my time right now and my research into this topic is taking me in some interesting directions. I had a great conversation yesterday with Matthias Mauch, a¬†computational music researcher at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary College in London, about research he undertook in the evolution of one much-reviled aspect of pop song culture -- namely, the cheesy "gear change" that has been part of pop song writing in the western world since the early days of the genre … [Read more...]