“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is considered one of the greatest songs of all time.
What adds to the grandeur of the piece is the incredible effort that was required to produce it, as the recording lasted three weeks and included 180 vocal overdubs.
However, if the song was created today, it would take a fraction of the time to make. For centuries, each new advancement in music technology has exponentially aided the creation and publication of songs, making it much more accessible and affordable. Here are the top five ways that technology has changed the music experience:
Single Impression Printing Method: Developed in the 16th century, this innovative printing method allowed for individual notes to be printed directly on segments of music staff paper. Single Impression paved the way for the mass production of sheet music by allowing music sharing to become a reality.
Sound Recording: Popularized in the 20th century, multi-track recording gave bands the ability to record more instruments than what they were originally capable of. This technology allowed for more flexibility in sound performance, further aiding the growth of the commercial music industry.
A Whole World of Sounds: From brass ensembles to synthesizers to steel drums, MIDI technology allows any instrument or sound to be played on a keyboard. These virtual instrument samples allow musicians to play and record musical instruments that they previously did not have access to. This innovation resulted in the creation of a whole new library of electronically-produced sounds, which paved the way for the creation and evolution of electronic music from the 1980s until present day.
Notation Software: While notating music, electronic notation software enables composers to hear what they’ve written instantaneously, allowing them to be more efficient and receive accurate feedback.
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Tablets: The introduction of the iPad in the 21st century has changed the way that everyone interacts with music. Musicians who wish to record no longer have to worry about expensive studio prices, because music can be created easily at home or on the go with thousands of sounds easily in one’s bag or pocket.
Share in the comment some of the technology that you use to make music!