Originally Posted by P. Aaron
There are indeed 'formulas' for selling recordings which pop music seeks out & exploits ad nauseum.
Image over song has also diluted much music too.
Both get tiresome. There are at times, new artists that do bend the rules in delightful ways...what's annoying is the trend spotting producers who copy & paste those tones onto other artists.
The artistry will be there. The question is (premised upon radio & standard media outlets), will we hear it?
That's how I view it too. It used to be that bands had to go out and play to audiences and gather a following. "MTV", and the "Stock, Aiken, Waterman" type producers made it possible for anyone to have a hit record, regardless of their live performances (some of them didn't even sing on their own records).
I hope the Internet may actually change this trend, as any band can get their music heard if they're good enough.
In answer to the question: Music is infinite - there maybe only 12 notes, but there's millions of ways to mix them up.