The Use of Electronic Technology in 20th and 21st Century Music

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The Use of Electronic Technology in 20th and 21st Century Music In this essay, I have examined the use of electronic technology within 20th and 21st Century music. This has involved analysis of the development and continuing refinement of the computer in today’s music industry, as well as the theory of the synthesiser and the various pioneers of electronic technology, including Dr. Robert Moog and Les Paul. Also within the essay, I have discussed the increasing use of computers in the recording studio. The computer has become an indispensable tool in ensuring that both recording and playback sound quality is kept at the maximum possible level. Many positive ideas have come from the continued onslaught of computerisation. For example, music is becoming more widely available to the general public with the introduction of mp3 players and the growth of the online music industry. The essay is concluded with my personal feelings towards the use of electronic technology within the live music industry, as well as the recording studio environment. This conclusion reveals that while the use of electronic technology has become crucial in the modern music market, it should not detract from the quality of live music produced. In this way, I feel that the use of electronic technology – namely drum machines and computerised backing tracks – have had a negative effect on the live music industry, because the majority of artists within the ‘pop’ genre now use computer-generated backing for live performances. Contents Page Section 3 …………………………………… Introduction 3 …………………………………… The Pioneers of the Electronic Age 4 …………………………………… The Theory of the Synthesiser 5 …………………………………… Other Changes Due to Electronic Technology 6 …………………………………… Early Commercial Applications of the Computer Within Music 6 ……………………………………. The Application of Music Programming 7 …………………………………… The Digital Revolution 8 …………………………………… My Conclusion
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