The Evolution of Music Playing Formats
Each generation, it seems a new media of music is released making listening and playing music more convenient. With the format of how music is played, the industry and technology both evolved making today’s music worse than any other generations.
This image illustrates the evolution of how music is played and the music industry. The image provides each type of music playing device that was available and when. It expresses how music started as a luxury with the phonograph, where music is rarely readily available. Many generations and modes of music formats later, the industry introduced the MP3 player. This is a simplistic image, but conveys how music is no longer a luxury.
Technology made music available wherever we are by generating MP3 devices that revolutionized the music process. However, technology has in ways hurt the music industry and music in general. Music has become processed and drastically altered by technology. In earlier generations, technology wasn’t available to completely change the sound of the vocals and instruments. Today’s vocals can be changed drastically that changes the music entirely and often loosing the soul behind the music.
The 1960’s and 1970’s was the time of the best music. Artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Who ruled the industry with untouchable sound. There was no technology that could alter the sound of their voices or change their music. They relied on their pure talent and they succeeded. Artists couldn’t afford to rely on technology to make their music popular or get their song on the top 100. All bands had been their ability to sing and play music. Today, people don’t need to sing well or play well; they just need to be the face of songs. For example, Britney Spears depends on auto tuning to make her voice the right pitch, yet she still manages to make appealing songs. The advances in music technology have made artists revered as good singers when they need the technology to sing well.
Furthermore, the industry has evolved into a cookie cutter industry. The industry is creating artists and albums that look and sound a lot. They are beginning to back artists that resemble other popular singers. With albums, the music industry releases simple chorus base songs that are aesthetically pleasing to the listener. With the music industry forcing artists to comply with their cookie cutter singer, they loose their individuality. Bands in earlier generations took pride in their individuality and continued to do things to be different and not normal. Jimi Hendrix refused to fit in and that was what made him so popular.
The music industry has changed into producing simplistic songs drastically altered by technology. The music quality has no doubt fallen from earlier generations, but part of the blame needs to go to the listeners. People should not be willing to listen to today’s modern music and thus the music industry would revert back to producing good music. People can not be willing to listen to modern music if they want the industry to change back.
Yu, Davis. “Music Evolution.” Web log post. Media Convergence. WordPress, n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2013. http://mediaconvergance.wordpress.com/online-music-industry