Thursday, 22 July 2010

Computers in electronic music

Writing electronic music may initially appear to be an easy task. Most of the people who have tried writing it say that their pieces ended up sounding either too commercial or something rather amateur. They finally realize that there truly exists a difference in creating something unique and something too amateurish. Unlike other forms of music, electronic music is not limited to the properties of the natural instruments or its musicians.

Although, one can argue that these boundaries can be broken and can bring the creator close to the ultimate barrier. Naturally, this is just only inspiration.

While I have tried my hands on creating something on my laptop, I must confess that some of the pieces did sound good (now, I am not blowing my own trumpet here). What I am trying to emphasize is that there is so much pre-recorded music available and all you go to do is to come up with the correct mix. In fact, there are a plenty of pre recorded audio software samples and software packages out there, in fact maybe too many. Besides machines are fast and humans even more impatient which helps in a situation where machines would be able to interact with the humans on an organic level so as to achieve instant results.

I can still remember my piano and saxophone lessons in school – I hated it and most of the time ended up playing the drums. This was because I thought it was more fashionable and rhythmic. Nowadays when I get to hear the drum tunes in my laptop software, I think the kids nowadays have it too easy as they are rewarded with instant results.

Summarizing, electronic music celebrates the union between advancement of technology and the human intellect. If we reflect on the current movements in music with the past, we visualize the futurism in music. My personal feeling is that we still are not there yet and there is more to come.

Until then enjoy.

Next week I’ll take on independent performers.

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