How do you think music will develop over the next hundred years? What do you think music will sound like by the end of our lifetime and 100 years from now? What would happen if Einstein and Steve Jobs (or insert your favourite genius) teamed up with the most pioneering producers and composers dead or alive to invent a new type of music / way of listening to music. What would they come up with? Note: The aim of the question is to ask about the future of music. I take the assumption that society will continue to progress and evolve. Of course the world may have ended in 100 years or we may be back to some agrarian type lifestyle but that is something we cannot predict. So the question is: What will music sound like 100 years from now (assuming that humans continue to evolve upwards and a war or natural disaster doesn't wipe us out/send us back to the dark ages). ---------- Some initial thoughts - - the increasing cultural influence of india and china may influence the western tone system and the adoption of new modes of mircotonal tuning may lead to exciting new possibilities. - development in speakers and headphones. I can imagine a new all enveloping 3D sound that doesn't require multiple speakers. Binaural recording has already show this is possible, in part, on standard headphones. - Imagine if Vocaloid was realistic. It's well within the realms of possibility that a natural sounding voice imitator will be available within our lifetime.