The Beatles aren’t the only ones responsible for defining that ‘fundamental structure of pop music’, but they sure opened up many doors. ‘Will popular music ever be structured in a completely different way than intro/verse/chorus?’ is a question I often ask myself. How will music be perceived, consumed and appreciated in a distant future? Pop trends of the past are still well cemented in the pop-trends of today, but will that still be so in 300 years?
No one can really claim to have the answers to such questions, so here’s one on which you can speculate:
Some musicologists claim that basically almost all chord structures, progressions, harmonies, melodies and whatnot have already been exploited and exhausted. To what extent is that relevant to the structure of song?