We’d been using multiple formats and devices for recording and playing our music for a couple decades and were due a change. Vinyl albums are now sought only by collectors, 8-track tapes too faded into history after a very short lifespan. Then came cassette tapes which were great for a little while but tapes wear and if you’ve ever heard Stairway to Heaven in slow motion, you get my meaning 😀
In 1980 Phillips teamed up with Sony for the development of compact digital discs or CDs. Playing music now joined stereo in producing the best musical sound ever achieved from a recording. The musical equipment we now use has improved greatly since the turntable. Digital music is computerized and played on a digital device thereby eliminating the former aggravations. We just keep getting better at making music. Today’s sound could never have been imagined by the former centuries.
Since music has gone digital, even computers are making their own now. A lot of people have personal computers and pocket devices as well with software capable of producing never before heard of sounds. A musically inclined ear can now sit down and completely build a song, add both analog and digital effects, master it, and burn a CD, formerly known as an album, at home and never even pick up an instrument. Where’s the heart?
Marketing music is a whole new game too and just pray yours doesn’t get assimilated. Protect your work at all costs. Greed has taken over. Industrial theft and espionage now play a large part thanks to modern technologies.
A 5-string bass or an MP3, appoggiaturas abound and some tones are definitely out of place with the chord while others seem meant to be there through natural progression. Did I mention the addition of feedback? Screen test anyone?