Hyperpop is revolutionary and inspires people to go further in music

Whitaker Proll-Clark, Reporter

Pop music has recently been through its own revolution with the integration of experimental pop, otherwise known as “hyperpop” music, with artists such as SOPHIE.

These electronic artists came in with a whole new perspective and sound for the ears of the world. These unique sounds and drum sets are an incredible sound to be heard.

Because of the revolutionary mechanics of hyperpop, more people should support this kind of artistry.

Pop culture and music writer Spencer Kornhaber described Hyperpop in an article for The Atlantic as “the way that the music swirls together and speeds up Top 40 tricks of present and past: a Janet Jackson drum slam here, a Depeche Mode synth squeal there, the overblown pep of novelty jingles throughout.”

Before these hyperpop artists came onto the scene, pop music was mostly composed of radio-friendly basic production composition. While this simple collection of beats and sounds that people have heard before were collected into the pop songs of yesterday, the hyperpop revolution has created a whole new world of textures and sounds and mental imaging.

Many people when they first hear a hyperpop song they often think, “this is crazy,” like Lothario Parris, a sophomore and music producer here at California Lutheran University. The genre gets these reactions for its three-dimensional sounds.

“It just shows what music can get into,” Parris said in a phone interview.

One of the hyperpop artists who made one of the biggest impacts for me is SOPHIE, with her effect sounds and snappy kick drums that crowds will never get enough of.

The way this music impacted the music community is immeasurable because only once in a generation does a piece of music from a pioneer like her come along to expand minds and shift perspectives.

The late SOPHIE was known for making sounds such as bubbles, metal bangs, monster moans, munchkin squeaks and cave water droplets to name just a few. One of her most profound songs, “Whole New World/Pretend World,” contains many fascinating FX elements and melodies.

SOPHIE sharpened synthesis to a propulsive edge, spurring the voice into ecstasy,” said Pitchfork writer Sasha Geffen.

There are many ways in which hyperpop has pushed the limits of music. Many sounds often used in the genre are similar to those heard in blockbuster movies. These elements in hyperpop make for exciting imagery for the listener.

The hyperpop movement has inspired many people in the music industry, like Parris. This is because people loved the way the music went outside the box. This variety of musical sounds inspires people to go further in music than they ever have before.

“I want to expand the boundaries of music… hyperpop definitely showed where I didn’t know I could go in sound design,” Parris said.

Hyperpop has changed how people think about the boundaries of music making and what kinds of sounds producers can make.

This music is paramount for our society because of its ability to imagine the unimaginable. It is our habit and our destiny to go farther than people have gone before in any area. Everyone should give hyperpop a chance to expand their minds and imaginations for the better.