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Season 2. July 2011 - June 2012. Number: 3, September 2011
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Music and Technology
Can technology help the musician. What it can provide (if any), or will it cage the artist and block creativity? Read some search results on the topic...
Is technology a real help or a burden for the artist?
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Technology can actually free the artist as never before in the history. Now the artist can create, publish and distribute his/her creations to the world at large as it was never been possible in the history.
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Computer technology may actually "inhumanizes" music creation but it may also bring it to levels un-dreamed before
The analysis, recording, investigation and re-creation tools provided by the computer technology can turn to be real boosters in music creation. Instruments like the Yamaha Disklavier or software tools like some music composition software (i.e. Common Music) are extremely beneficial for the artist. However technology also brings its dangers. It may jail the un-prepared artist into conventional concepts and undermine his creativity. So what shall we do? The point is the artists free-thinking capabilities first. Without adequate prior conceptual training the artist will most likely be slave of the machine instead of the other way around. The second point is that the technology must be fully mastered before its use by the artist. Otherwise the artist will be the servant of the technology.
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Merchantability and costs were the prime considerations for publishing. Not any more...
Publishing a book or a CD was used to be a costly business so it has to bring back, even partially the money invested. The art of Fugue, when first published by Bach himself involved quite a large sum of money for the engraving. Then the trend to composing fugues was off and it did not sell as expected. The copper plates used for the printing were then melted for re-use. The work would have been lost if not for Carl Czerny who, a century later found a surviving copy and "saved" it. The same was true in the 20th. century for any CD of the same work! How many people in the world buy The Art of Fugue by J.S. Bach? How can a CD company recover even part of the publishing costs? Fortunately the technology is here to help. That way I managed to self-publish my CD of the Art of Fugue.
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The true freedom of expression came with the technology
Freedom is often an empty concept when economical constraints are encountered. Sure many countries (I know well..) may ban it with brute force. But until recently, alternative thinking in many (really) free countries were facing financial difficulties to be fully expressed and disseminated. Printing, publishing and distribution to the general public were given to only a few ones "agreed" by the economical or political ruling power forces. Now all publishing and worldwide distribution is available to all! This is a real revolution. Furthermore I believe the outdated publishing, book or music, channels are dying -proof: their financial crisis- and we truly experience, for the first time in history, true freedom of expression with the Internet.
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Some interesting search results:

The Future of Music in the Age of Spiritual Machines | KurzweilAI

Music technology is about to be radically transformed. Communication bandwidths, the shrinking size of technology, our knowledge of the human brain, and human knowledge in general are all accelerating.  Three-dimensional molecular computing will provide the hardware for human-level "strong" AI well before 2030.  The more important software insights will be gained in part from the reverse-engineering of the human brain, a process well under way.  Once nonbiological intelligence matches the range and subtlety of human intelligence, it will necessarily soar past it because of the continuing acceleration of information-based technologies, as well as the ability of machines to instantly share their knowledge.

The Music Recording and Delivery Business

Digital music technology is rapidly changing, its development providing numerous opportunities for the recording industry. For example, although Internet music retail revenue is expected to contribute around $350 million worldwide to the industry in 2000, this figure will likely grow by six times that amount in five years. Thus, online music commerce should generate over $2 billion by 2005. Secure Digital Music Initiative technology and watermarking systems will be fully in place by 2001, facilitating this growth to record expansion.

Music technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The concept of music technology is intimately connected to both musical and technological creativity. People are constantly striving to devise new forms of expression through music, and physically creating new devices to enable them to do so. Because of this, our definition of what music technology encompasses must continually expand. Although the term is now most commonly used in reference to modern electronic devices, such as a  monome , the  piano  and  guitar  are also examples of music technology. In the computer age the ontological range of music technology has greatly increased. It may now be mechanical, electronic, software or indeed even purely conceptual.

What Is Music Technology - What Is Music Technology School - Music Technology Innovation

Learning a field of music technology is more technical now than ever, so a sound technician, sound engineer or producer should attempt to learn these skills in a formal college setting, if possible. If you want to enter the music industry, consider learning about music industry business techniques, because the recording labels and music production companies needs talented executives now more than ever, in the challenging and increasingly democratized music industry landscape brought on by the internet revolution.

A Perfectly Compatible Form of Incompatibility | Freedom to Tinker

The attitude of MP3's designers, in other words, was that music technology is the exclusive domain of the music industry.  They didn't seem to realize that customers would get their own technology, and that customers would decide for themselves what technology to build and how to use it.   The compatible-DRM agenda is predicated on the same logical mistake, of thinking that technology is the province of a small group that can gather in a room somewhere to decide what the future will be like.  That attitude is as naive now as it was in the early days of MP3.


Music Technology   is a term that refers to all forms of technology involved with the musical arts, particularly the use of electronic devices and computer software to facilitate playback, recording, composition, storage, and performance. The concept of music technology is intimately connected to both musical and technological creativity.

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CD: The Art of Fugue by J.S.Bach
My recording of the Art of Fugue makes use of electronically sampled church organ and harpsichord. The complete CD can be auditioned here...
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I recently published Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo", you can read it here...
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Mehmet Okonsar is a pianist-composer-conductor and musicologist. Besides his international concert carrier he is a prolific writer.  He is the founder of the first classical music-musicology dedicated blog site: "inventor-musicae" as well as the first classical-music video portal : http://www.classicalvideos.net. Mehmet Okonsar's official site: http://www.okonsar.com
Inspiration By Tzvi Freeman
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    The obsessive act of opening and closing a refrigerator door in
    an attempt to catch it before the automatic light comes on.
        -- "Sniglets", Rich Hall & Friends
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    A person who cuts red tape sideways.
        -- J. McCabe
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    Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
    Don't create a problem for which you do not have the answer.

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