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What will music sound like in 2020?



Anyone care to guess or know what POP music will soundlike after the year 2020? (in round 10 years from now?). If you had a time machine and travelled to the year 2020, what would you hear?

EDIT: can someone help me type fill in the blanks. thanks.
in the 30's we had _______ music
in the 40's we had _______ music
in the 50's we had ________ music
in the 60's we had ________ music (was boring previously)
in the 70's we had ________ music (was boring previously)
in the 80's we had disco, rock ballads and basically rock reigned supreme.
in the 90's we had the start of Hip Hop and early days of doof doof E. dance.
in the 00's we had the loudness wars and everything went pop/rnb/hip hop.
in the 10's we're seing a merging of POP/RnB artist singing to EDM tracks.

and in the 2020's what will be popular?

Do you reckon with increaseing noise and hectic lifestyles, pop music will turn to softer more peaceful genres like acoustic and classical/orchestral music like back in Mozart days?

or are we going to see music stay in the David Guetta style doof doof house/EDM genre but with a faster tempo?

Pop radio hits goes from around 108 to around 120 bpm currently - but in 2020 will we c a bpm of 127-140bpm as a standard. I notice that POP music is gradually becoming faster and faster with each progressive decade. So maybe EDM lovers/fans today are forward music thinkers of todays society.

Who knows, but I'm keen to see what the future has install for us.



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U insane? 60's and 70's boring music lol get the feck outta here

2020 production will probably be straight up live instruments, acoustic etc. people would have grown tired of the rehashed electronic productions. Thats my guess, and I like electronic music but theres only so far to go with it. Or it could be electronic/orchestral, kinda like the score to The Matrix. Who knows its only 10 years away, might not change much at all..

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Multi-dimensional, bypasses the ears, synesthetic, completely immersive, shared/telepathic.

That might actually take 20 years.


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in the 60's we had boring music
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You're a mix engineer and that's your summary of the last 50 years ?
consider yourself facepalmed.
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Sorry guys. Relax. The 60's and 70's were the golden years of Pop music so

I happen to love 60's and 70's music v much, but the younger gen today prefer faster doof doof productions.

Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, The Troggs, Sonny n Cher, Monkees, Beatles, James Taylor. Marvin Gay, ROd Stewart, John Denver
the list goes on...
Roberta Flack, Don McClean (still played in pubs today), Cat Stevens, Jackson 5, Kool and the gang. Earth, Wind and Fire.

Queen, Barry Manilow, Hall n Oates, Fleetwood Mac. ABBA. Bee Gees, Debbie Boon, Steely Dan. The Village People.

After looking back in time, I can see why now so many people aren't into pop music anymore. The sense of music and it's feel has changed so much. Current pop music is very aggressive, exciting and really catchy but quickly and easily discarded to make way for more radio hits.

When composing do you prefer to follow the formula of what sold well b4 - milk it to it's fullest?



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I think drugs have as much to do with the growth of a genre as anything.

Maybe we should check out the pharmaceutical industry.
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Hopefully lyrics come back to pop music. Now it feels everything is about babes (or dudes), cars, money or other status empowering nonsense... There could be demand for it if western lifestyle gets threatened by financial crisis or something else global phenomenon.

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Pop lyrics might always been about above topics, but content / message is no longer there
Sound can be anything, hopefully something new and inspiring.
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I have no idea what it will sound like, but I'm sure there will umpteen threads started on forums like this by the current generation, who will now be old (older) dogs, moaning "why does today's music suck?" ... while glorifying the good ole days of autotune, sample replacement and the loudness wars.

That's the way it's always been, is... and will be.
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You see what he did there?

An old fart trying to get down wit da yoof and all he did was piss us even OLDER farts off! (grin)
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why fill in the blanks?
just get rid of the blanks.
In the 30's we had music
in the 40's we had music
in the 50's we had music and so on.. it's pretty correct

I don't know what to make of the video though.. for me music is a personal experience, sometimes shared with others, but basing my selection on the collective of others never was a goal, there's already enough of that going on.
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I think as along as Dr Luke and Max Martin are still producing, everyone will be working with them so you`ll probably have a lot of synths, 4 on the floor and really auto tuned vocal effects going on... oh wait, thats already happening.

Honestly, I think we`re going to see some sort of backlash... more Internet radio coming into play and people listening to more variety. Clear Channel will no longer rule the airwaves by 2020, or at least thats my hope.

I have a hard time thinking Heavy Metal will get any harder. How can it?

Theres a lot of really good stuff out there so I think we will just have more and more access to it and of course more crap but whatever. I actually think the recording industry is still adapting and so are we are mixers/producers so we will eventually figure out the loudness wars. We will also continue to juxtapose genres and eventually every album released will be featuring someone... even sing-songwriters!

I do find it interesting that hard core rap sort of took a back seat this last decade (2000-2010) while hip hop slipped in to replace it with vocals and some flow on the verses. Interesting...

Hair bands are still dead. thumbsup
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crap like always. what else could it sound like?
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i vote for quiet but happy sounding music thumbsup
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well whatever it sounds like, it's going to be music and people are going to like it thumbsup
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More of the same... and probably along the same 3 general lines:

1) Technology Driven music. There will be some new sounds, some new techniques, and a new bag of tricks. Specifically, there will be new methods of vocal transfromation. These elements will be popular in much of what becomes "pop".

2) The grassroots reaction. Whether it be a new wave of "neo-soul", or an acoustic kick, the more folkloric elements that tend to speak more directly to the soul will always find their way like a plant cracking through the cement to connect with the sun. Those hopelessly out of place "Norah Jones" types will always find an audience. A lot of people still like bluegrass influenced Country today, for instance.

3) The fusion. Though less artists will take this route, there will be some that walk the line, and find new ways to blend old and new elements. Like we saw with the blending of Hip-Hop and Jazz... ... or the melding of sampled and live recording... or like we saw in the 70's with Steevie Wonder utilizing synthesizers in full arrangements...


Of these, it will be the third category that truly shapes things to come.






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Everything I just said is not new. In fact, it is the same 3 basic categories that have shaped every decade mentioned. The only thing that's changed is the technology. In the '50's, it was electric guitars. In the '80s it was drum machines. In the '90s it was sampling and digital recording/editing....
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Brain state changing white noise full of buried subliminal advertising and with 3-D hard core orgies, bestiality and child porn in the music videos.

Oh yeah, and more remastered Beatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd etc box sets

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I was thinking that too. Glad I'm not the only one.
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Brain state changing white noise full of buried subliminal advertising and with 3-D hard core orgies, bestiality and child porn in the music videos.

Oh yeah, and more remastered Beatles, Led Zep, Pink Floyd etc box sets


this honestly would not surprise me in the least. i can't really tell you why it isn't happening now.


anybody read 1984? scary the similarity's isn't it hmmmm?


EDIT: don't forget lost recordings from dead people. plenty of those too.
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this honestly would not surprise me in the least. i can't really tell you why it isn't happening now.
It's not?

Seen a Miley Cyrus or Brittany Spears video in the past decade?
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If the loudness trend continues, music in 2020 will sound like a leafblower mixed with a chainsaw...
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Ive been to 2020, and it all sounds like this:

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U insane? 60's and 70's boring music lol get the feck outta here

2020 production will probably be straight up live instruments, acoustic etc. people would have grown tired of the rehashed electronic productions. Thats my guess, and I like electronic music but theres only so far to go with it.

Wasn't that said about the 90's, then the 00's?

If anything is to be learned form the last 3 decades it's that huge acts like Madonna, Cher, Lady Gaga, have a lasting impression until the the next big thing. The lesser know writers are soon outdated within 4-5 years. Most are lucky to get 2 good albums then they've had it. Like, Ellie Goulding etc.

Things will not be hugely different, things will follow fashion as they have done for the past 10 years. Digital domain has had it's breakthroughs but it's settling now.....rock is been and gone, modern rock has too, or is almost faded completely. Indie rock, well AFAIK the Killer's are tied to the fate of that genre, and they aren't going very far are they?

It's all abuot the Rihanna's and the bad rappers now. The only ''band'' or rock that will hang around is the crap like Kings of Leon, you need to sell your soul now if you want to be a big name band now.

The rihanna's and beyonce's and what are international also included, Black Eye Peas, they get the $$$£££££$$£$£$ and that's the way it's going to keep going.

Sounds change but so do hair styles.
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Ive been to 2020, and it all sounds like this:

wow you survived the 2012???
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wow you survived the 2012???
Nah, I just set the Doc's Delorian to 2020 and bypassed that mess. 2012 wasnt that big of a deal anyhow I guess. All that happened in 2012 was that all non polka music disappeared. Polka is huge in the post 2012 era.
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One possibilty is that it will prove impossible, even with fairly strong law enforcement efforts, to get a handle on downloading, so that effectively the ability to make a living making music (as apposed to playing music) all but disappears. So we end up in a situation where almost all music is produced by people who know that there's no chance to make a living at it, so they just record whatever they want and make no real effort to market it. So we end up with a massively fractured system where there are only a few corporate sponsored acts that get real marketing, and every band worth even listening to will have like 10 to 1000 fans who respond politely to their posted songs and that's it, and then they head off to work at Burger King to make their actual living.

Another possibility is that it doesn't prove impossible for strong law enforcement to get a handle on downloading in the first world at least, and therefore the original promise of the internet will come to pass, and individuals who could never be in a real touring band and get actual backing money from labels will have an opportunity to make music that targets a small but viable fan base who will actually buy their music instead of stealing it, and be able to support themselves and their families as artists outside of any coporate structure and therefore make music that would never get any corporate backing, but with the resources to really do it right.

And then real labels and real studios will return to long term viability and will actual start investing again in less plastic models types bands, and with the much larger potential market that exists now with everyone able to buy a song they like with a click of a button, it might even create a regeneration of broad genres of music being supported by labels. And those bands will have a decades deep well to draw upon and synthesize into their own sounds.
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