Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The future of music

I have been a musician for 40 years, a composer and arranger for 30 years, and a public school music teacher for 21 years. Music has changed tremendously over the last couple of decades, and will continue to change for the next few decades. The reason music is changing is because of the digital revolution. What you can do on a laptop today you needed a full symphony orchestra to do in the past. What you can do on a laptop today you needed a full recording studio to do it in the past. What you can do on a laptop today you needed a publishing company and a printing press in the past. It is just amazing what you can do with the laptop and some software and maybe a midi keyboard and a laser printer. Today with a laptop you can create music for just about any kind of ensemble. You can create music in any kind of genre. You can then record it, master it, package it, and sell it in variety of formats. That is what has changed music and what is also going to continue to change music. We are living in the age of the one man orchestra, recording studio, production company, publishing house, and anything else you might want to do in music. I am continually surprised by what is possible to do on a laptop today. And it is just the beginning.

What do you think?