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Professional and Industrial Context 1

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Pavandeep Ruprah

Professional and Industrial Context 1 1MMF0043 Pavandeep Ruprah 08209270 Neil Luck
Sounds of the past, Present and the Future Contents
Introduction _____________________________________ 2.1 How has technology changed Music? _________________ 2.2 How has age & generation changed music? ____________ 3.1 How has Instruments changed music? _________________ 3.2 How has Culture changed music? ____________________ 3.3 Conclusion ______________________________________ 3.4 Bibliography _____________________________________ 4.1

Sounds of the Past, Present and the Future
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2.1 Introduction I have been asked to produce an essay on a music topic of my choice. I have decided to write about how music has changed from the past decades to now and how it will change in the future. Music was formed at the time cavemen existed. They hit two pieces of sticks or rocks together and formed sounds which then lead them to making simple beats. Today we are able to create full songs that include a variety number of different beats by using highly advanced music software’s and mixing techniques. Vocals were also made-up by the cavemen by making simple humming noises. My argument will be against ‘How music has changed over the past years’. Has it changed in a positive way or negative? In the early 1920’s, Jazz music was popular. The two years 1930’s and 1940’s had a ‘Swing’ trend which became popular. In the 1950, Elvis Presley brought Rock and Roll music. The year 1960, Bands such as The Beatles, Flower Children and all other bands preformed live on stage in front of audiences. This carried on till the year 1970. In 1980 ‘Big Hair Bands’ came across with heavy metal rock music. ‘Pop was introduced in the early 90’s and more heavy metal. In the year 2000 Rap, Hip Hop and R&B became popular to many youngsters which is still going on in today’s days. After doing a vast research and gathering information from various sources, I have listed and explained some points regarding how and why the development of music since the past decades has changed. ➢ Technology ➢ Age & Generation ➢ Instruments ➢ Cultures 2.2 Technology Technology has considerably changed music, both for the positive and the negative. The limitations of new technology can define how musicians and producers make the most of their work. In the era of 78rpm records, the maximum running time per side was about 4 minutes 20 seconds, ideal for shorter popular songs but poorly suited to opera or long-form classical music. Now technology has become advanced enough for musicians and producers to record songs on compact disks which allow you to record up to three hours. Digital MIDI recording has changed the whole concept of recording from the 70’s. This includes high quality recording, computerised sampled vocals, sound levels, sequencing, editing, etc. Computers and a variety of new electronic instruments are rapidly adding to the musician's range of creative tools. Now technology has the capability to edit and improve recording qualities of music from the early
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70’s. This includes getting rid of any distortion and editing volume levels. People are now able to listen to old music with high quality recordings since new technology and computers have taken over the music industry. 3.1 Age and Generation In today’s days, majority of youngsters are keen in learning how to compose and produce music. This will be the next generation of music type and style. But what type? After doing a vast research based on this matter, I gathered information from people aged between 10 to 40, by handing out a small questionnaire. This helped by showing me what type of music people prefer listening to considering their age. People under 30 years old prefer listening to modern club classics as the other half prefer listening to something from the 80’s and 90’s. Large scale human movement has also profound effect. Taking into consideration, human migration, as well as trade and war, has moved both instruments and musical ideas around the world for centuries. 3.2 Instruments Since the past decades, a variety of acoustic and electronic instruments have been invented. In today’s days producers and artists record their instruments onto a digital sampler which can then be used on a midi player/controller to play the instruments electronically. Electronic keyboards have become more advanced with latest sounds and software. Many bands these days use electric drum kits; there are many advantages and disadvantages to this. Electric guitars have also rapidly developed since the past decades. Since the 80’s, appearance of instruments have become vital to musicians. Instruments such as drum kits and guitars have developed from a basic solid colour to variety colours, shape and designs. 3.3 Cultures Different cultures has also affected the music industry both positive and negative ways. For example, hip hop is known as a cultural movement manifest in B-boying (break dancing), graffiti writing, DJing and eMCeeing. It has influenced youngsters negatively as a lot of slang words and bad language is used in majority of new hip hop tracks. Ethnic groups has also affected music because not only British or American people listen to their music, Asians and others are influenced by their music which leads them to do something similar. They either remix them or record a copy but in a different language. This benefits them as they get ideas from different cultures. American hip hop/ R’n’B music has also gone through a phase where they recorded short samples from Asian music to mix in with English music. 3.4 Conclusion
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To conclude this matter, in my opinion music has changed in both ways, negative and positive. Technology has affected music positively. The electronic age gave us even greater volume and created a path for the age of recording. The digital age has enabled us to perform complex sound manipulation. In some ways, music has affected age negatively, as youngsters are getting influenced by music which contains slang and words which are unsuitable for youngsters. As the age and generation went by, new instruments came across making different sounds which lead to producers making unique beats. New instruments affected the music industry positively as youngsters find them easy to use, from a full organ set to a digital keyboard which not only plays standard piano sounds but also plays a large number of other instruments including the organ. Youngsters who have passion in music will be the ones who will come up with new ideas, new sounds and new technology. The future of music will be in their hands. 4.1 Bibliography www.answers.yahoo.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip_hop http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_changes_in_society_affect_music

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