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Understanding Technology and Music

November 9, 2011

Technology and music have affected each other a great deal, and changes and improvements in technology have changed many things about how music is made, recorded, and distributed. Not only has the format of music changed from vinyl albums to magnetic tapes to Compact Discs, but the way that the music is created has changed considerably over the last century. If you are looking to get into the music industry, it may serve you well to have a strong understanding of how technology has changed things, and what technology you can use to make your way in the music business.


While many musical instruments played today are similar or the same as they have been for hundreds or even thousands of years, the advancements of technology over the last century has changed a great deal of how music can be created. Consider the changes to certain instruments to create electronic or electrical versions of them, allowing for easier creation of music into an amplifier or digital recording. The music you make or produce can be recorded and reproduced easier than ever before, and you should take advantage of such advancements to simplify the process of creating and recording music.


Technology and music have come together especially well regarding the ability for an artist to record and distribute his or her music. Home recording studios can be created for a fraction of the costs of massive, professional recording studios, and accomplish many of the same things that a larger studio can do. This has given home musicians unprecedented power over their music, and how that music is then distributed to a wider audience. Recording a master and then using that to create numerous vinyl albums was an expensive process that typically required the funds and technology of a major record label to accomplish.


With improvements to technology, and changes in the mediums through which music is enjoyed, a home artist can now mix together a digital master of a song then easily and affordably burn that to as many CDs as he or she wishes. Even easier than that, however, is digital distribution of music, allowing a home recording to be sent to others through the Internet and completely bypass traditional physical audio media. With digital playback devices becoming increasingly popular over the last decade, this type of business model for new bands or artists has allowed people to skip the traditional record industry and blend technology and music to create their own path into the marketplace.