What will music sound like 100 years from now?

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  1. fearoftigers macrumors member

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    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).

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    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.
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    ? futuristic (to us)

    If you had told me growing up that autotuning would be a popular sound, I would have laughed in your face. As one 40 years ago could have predicted the musical tastes of today, I can't even begin to project out 100 years.
     
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    If ADD continues its current trend a typical song will be 15 seconds long. :)
     
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    The music will be even worse than it is today..Sorry folks
     
  5. gramirez2012 macrumors 6502a

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    Judging by the way things are going today, "music" won't exist 100 years from now.
     
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    Well, I am hoping for harps, as it's a bitch to get a good sound out of a pitch-fork.
     
  7. leekohler macrumors G5

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    It will sound very similar to what we have now. There has been very little innovation since the 80's.
     
  8. erickkoch macrumors 6502a

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    100 years from now Disco will be back. God help us.
     
  9. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    I'll take Disco over Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber any day.
     
  10. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Actually, it never went away- techno, trance, etc. I usually just call it all "gay disco".

    70's Disco at least had actual instruments and some pretty amazing bass lines.
     
  11. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    LOL, sort of....I don't really like techno or trance. I get a headache after a few minutes of it.

    There are so many classics, even people who didn't like the genre still like some disco songs.
     
  12. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Drugs are usually required to enjoy it.

    Oh definitely- I've been listening to a lot of Chic lately. They did some really cool stuff. KC and the Sunshine Band too.
     
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    That would explain why everyone has X at raves.
     
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    When it comes to development, two camps are already forming

    1. Purists who put in years to learn their instrument, how to sing, music theory, etc

    2. Musicians who exploit tech to make a name for themselves - IE singers that need autotune, composers who can't create a melody without an arpeggiator, microwave dj's, etc

    If you were a DJ in the 90's, you had to know how to beat match. Now Serato will do it for you while you're hanging out at the bar on the other side of the club. If you were a rapper, you had to be able to flow on point. Now Logic 9 will analyze your audio track and correct your sloppiness. If you were a singer, you needed to have an ear for pitch. In 2011 Little Wayne and Drake are singing ballads and they can't sing for ****.
     
  15. leekohler, Nov 8, 2011
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    Pretty much. I had a roommate fry himself on X, K and GHB. I have nothing against drugs, but his habits were ridiculous.

    Camp number 2 is the biggest reason innovation is just not happening with music.
     
  16. dXTC, Nov 8, 2011
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    99% of "innovation" in music nowadays is little more than splintering genres into subgenres. For example, dubstep is not the groundbreaking innovation it's made out to be by today's music pundits; it's a refinement of breakbeat, which stems from techno, which has its origins in house, which in turn has roots in... you guessed it, disco.

    Back when Prince left the Warner label and went "indie", he was featured in an interview where he described the market for these two camps. Camp 1 fans are what he called music lovers-- those who will hear an artist on the radio or other source, and then do some research which will usually result in purchase of the album and possibly back catalog sales. They consider music an art form.

    He called Camp 2 fans music consumers: those who will hear a song, purchase or otherwise obtain just that song or maybe one more single, then discard it when the next musical flavor of the week comes along. They consider music a commodity.

    It's interesting you should call it that, because that's exactly what the disco scene did in reaction to the Disco Sucks movement-- it went underground, renaming itself "dance music" and/or "Hi-NRG" and surviving in gay clubs (and occasionally other underground venues). To cut down on production costs, producers depended heavily on synthesizers for instrumentation. This led to house and synthpop, and the whole chain started...

    Which is why I still like some Stock Aitken Waterman material to this day, despite the bubblegum lyrics. SAW's resident mixer/programmer, Phil Harding, had an ear for catchy basslines.
     
  17. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Exactly, if you think it's bad here you should see/hear music in Japan. The actual mainstream music is 5% about the music (auto tune like crazy) 75% how good looking (or girlish the guys look) and the rest is dance and other appeal.
     
  18. leekohler macrumors G5

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    One more reason to avoid Japan. :)
     
  19. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    LOL There is plenty of weird there, but there is a lot of beauty and fun there.

    You'd have fun in the Harajuku section of Tokyo, on Takeshita Street. It's better than Halloween there every day.
     
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    What, like Ganguro?

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    I prefer Visual Kei myself.

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  21. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Oh, that could be fun, but I would have to bring my own food. I absolutely despise Japanese food.
     
  22. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, a lot of it is hard to swallow. I am not too picky anymore, got used to Korean and Japanese food over the years.

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    Yeah and then some. Harajuku has their own style, they often look like they just came from some Tim Burton movie or something.
     
  23. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Oh, I love Korean food! It's a texture thing for me with Japanese. It's all slimy.
     
  24. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Mostly true. :D

    Ok back on topic.
     
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    If the post WWII era of Rock'n Roll continues like it's going, it will de-evolve into a lot of grunting and farting... to a beat. ;)
     

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