Music and technology have always been synonymous with change. It’s not often that two seemingly unrelated fields come together as beautifully as music and technology do. There are a ton of ways that technology has affected music, but we’re going to take a look at just three main elements.
Technology has made music production an almost easy task. In the old days, recording and producing music was hardly something that just anyone could do. The phonograph was one of the first practical music recording methods. From there it evolved into records, and then tapes, and now digital. Today, most personal computers come with music recording software pre-loaded on them.
One hundred years ago, you could only listen to music live or at home on the radio. It wasn’t until the 1950’s when portable radios become more accessible. From there, the portable music player timeline goes something like this: portable cassette player, portable compact disc player, and mp3 player. The way we consume and transport music on the go forever changed in 2001 when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod to the world. Today, iPods have high-definition screens, cameras, speakers, and endless eye-catching iPod cases to dress them in.
Styles and Genres
There’s no doubt that evolving technology has shaped music genres, as we know it. For non-electric instruments, the manufacturing processes improved and churned out higher quality instruments. The guitar got electrified in the 1940’s and birthed a new genre of music: Rock n’ Roll. Today, computers and software produce a lot of the music you can hear on the radio. Think auto-tune.
Music is now, more than ever, a child of creativity and technology. The possibilities are endless. Are you thinking virtual jam session? We were too! Grab your ampjacket™ iPad mini case and log on to www.jamwithchrome.com to play music live with your friends online.