Like a Broken Record: A Critical Analysis of Popular Music
The purpose of this study is to assess the diversity of two different categories of popular music, Rock and Roll and Hot 100, while applying concepts from Horkheimer and Adorno’s ‘The Dialectic of Enlightenment’. This study looked at the tempo, time signature, key signature, song length and song format of 50 songs from each genre, 100 songs total, and compares them across genre and within genre to determine how similar or different the songs are. What resulted was the determination that no matter the genre, there was no major differentiation between songs. From Horkheimer and Adorno, the concepts ...
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