Thursday, September 22, 2016
David Friend Recital Hall
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Jeff Apruzzese (former Passion Pit bassist) will be sitting down with John Seabrook, author of ‘The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory”, discussing the future of the songwriting industry and the craft of songwriting. Going beyond music to discuss money, business, marketing, and technology, The Song Machine explores what the new hits may be doing to our brains and listening habits, especially as services like Spotify and Apple Music use streaming data to gather music into new genres invented by algorithms based on listener behavior.
Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a "hook," but today’s songs bristle with them: a hook every seven seconds is the rule. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are highly processed products. Like snack-food engineers, modern songwriters have discovered the musical "bliss point." And just like junk food, the bliss point leaves you wanting more.
Free Boloco while supplies last!