Modern classical music is so widely disliked by audiences because the human brain struggles to find patterns it needs to understand the compositions as music.
So, let us start at the beginning. Music is what the human brain recognises as music: if it ain\’t so recognised then it\’s noise. Humans do not recognise \”modern music\” as music therefore it is not music, it is noise.
Research has shown that listening to music is a major cognitive task that requires considerable processing resources to unpick harmony, rhythm and melody.
Quite. Those are indeed the three essentials of music. And speaking purely personally I find that in order to recognise something as being music (no, not going so far as to say music that I enjoy….that\’s a much more subjective matter) two of the three need to be held constant.
Dave Brubeck\’s \”Take Five\” (or \”Unsquare Dance\”) for example, takes harmony and melody as something not to play with while experimenting with rhythm. Jaques Loussier\’s \”Play Bach\” does something very similar.
But when you try and play with all three at the same time (I\’m not sure I can think of anything that holds one constant while playing with two) in, say, freeform jazz, then certainly I\’m lost. It just ain\’t music any more.
No doubt this is a private failing….although this research seems to indicate that it might not be.