Music has come a long way since it’s origin, and as each generation has come and gone so have so many genres and styles. As people have progressed. so has the music. As technology has taken form and shaped our futures it has also changed the way we not only make music, but also the way we listen to it. Growing up, our parents wondered just what it was that we were listening to. Most didn’t understand the noise coming from our speakers or headphones, and to some of them that’s all it was. If you are at the high-end of the millennial spectrum then chances are your parents were old enough to go to Woodstock, to live through the age of rock, motown, and the birth of soul. Their parents most likely saw the birth of the blues, and jazz, and were able to track the influence made on all other music genres by this cultural revolution emanating from the American South.
They bore witness to the introduction of a technology that only 30-40 years earlier hadn't even been possible...because electricity didn’t even exist yet. Music has been around since the first ear heard the first sound, but in the last 120 years music has transformed cultures in a way that was unimaginable for thousands of years before. With each passing generation, a new genre is born all sounding different than the last, but all also incorporating a piece of the sounds that had come before. To some it was noise, but to others it was musical bliss: serving as a bridge to a happy place in life and time. This is what music is, and we’ve talked about it many times before. It’s different for all of us...but intrinsically the same.
Now, imagine a world where every sound that’s ever existed now has a soundbite, a tiny sample that can be repeated over and over again with ease. This is the day and age that we live in. With the development of technology, artists and musicians are pushing the limits of what they can create using every sound resource readily available. Sound experimentation has been around for thousands of years, but the ease with which artists can access different sounds has not. Although sound sampling has gained popularity in the last 40 years, it’s never been as streamlined as it is now.