Technology in the Music Industry

Throughout the years, the music industry has seen huge changes due to technological advancements. From live performances to MP3 to services like Tidal, the music industry has changed completely. The method by which music is produced has changed and the way by which music is streamed has changed.

Technology used to Create Music

The music industry has seen many changes that have enhanced the method by which music is created. By now, wireless devices have made it much easier for small artists and producers to create music efficiently.

Another important technological advancement is the invention of cloud storage. The ability to access files anywhere and at any time has made it much easier for producers and artists to remain connected. In addition, cloud computing has largely reduced the cost, since hardware storage is no longer required.

Things as simple as recording and broadcasting music have revolutionized the music industry. Originally, music was broadcasted only through live performances. This not only limited the distribution of music, but also limited the market share of the music industry.

Tape recording introduced the concept of creatively combining audios in a new and unexpected way. This drastically increased the possibilities!

Through audio engineering and its numerous branches, producers gained the ability to create unimaginable audios that were truly new to the market.

Although, musicians still need to record themselves singing with real instruments and backup singers, such technological advancements made it much easier to create a song. The vast world of audio enhancement, splicing, and editing created countless music niches that the public can enjoy!

New Technology Trends

With the changes made to the method by which music is produced came changes to the way by which music is shared with the public. With the increase of social media apps and streaming services, access to millions of songs became the norm.

Originally, music was shared through planned live performances that limited the artists exposed to the public. Not only were limited artists brought to the spotlight, but also the genres of music were well-defined and limited creativity. In addition, artists were bound to large companies that decided their future. Unfortunately, this made it very difficult for artists to “make it” in the industry.

Visiting shops and buying tapes and vinyl record has become obsolete, and now everything is just one click away!

AI Generated Music

Artificial intelligence has aided producers in creating music since the 1900’s! In 1995, David Bowie used a lyric-writing app called Verbasizer. The app was rather simple, it used a cut-up technique. This included reorganizing words and phrases to create innovative song lyrics.

Another interesting way in which AI is used to generate music is through the program “Logic”. This program is used to create unique drum pattern for songs. Although the song is not completely AI-generated, the program is definitely crucial in the creation of the song.

One of the most useful apps used to generate music is Amper. The application helps people create the right sound through providing simple parameters such as mood, genre, tempo, etc. 

People tend to be unable to differentiate between music generated by musicians and music generated by AI. However, AI remains incapable of creating a hit song!

Voice Control

Voice control is only available because of voice-user interface (VUI). VUI uses speech recognition to control a voice command device. Several music streaming services include the voice control feature that allows users to simply tell the app what they wish to hear.

For example, Spotify has Spotify Voice that understands a command as general as “Play something I like”. Apple’s voice assistant Siri, responds to voice commands for Apple Music. Lastly, Pandora includes a voice mode that allows you to search, play, pause, skip music with a simple voice command!

Extended Reality

The virtual world of Extended Reality (XR) relies on music to give users a believable experience. The XR-specific soundtracks are used to evoke specific emotions, and help users visualize the music.

Aside from the music used in XR, VR is used to create music videos too! Bjork, a Swedish singer released “Stonemilker”, a 360-degree music video that provides a unique experience that no other ordinary music video can provide.

The connection between music and XR keeps getting stronger with the new technological advancements!

With the new technology, the weight of climbing the endless mountain to success has been lifted. In addition, with the ability to stream music anywhere, listeners were able to find their favorite songs with just a few clicks. These benefits have connected the artists and their fans in a new way!

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