The Future of Music

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Music is always changing and evolving. At one point, classical music, which sounds boring to many, was cutting edge. With the world getting smaller, there will be more and more influences from around the world that impact people composing and creating music in the US and elsewhere. This has actually been happening for a while. The Beatles went to India and then incorporated the sitar into some of their songs. Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart was not only a great drummer but went around the world, collecting percussion instruments and making recordings of music in all sorts of cultures. This naturally also influenced his approach to music.
We have gone from Baroque to Classical to Romantic to Big Band and Jazz to Rock and Roll and Country and the Blues to Punk to Rap to Hip Hop, etc. Music is always changing and evolving but it is difficult to predict what the next big thing will be. What is a little more visible are the changes in how music is consumed and delivered.
Before there was any form of recording you could only hear music live. Then records were invented, tape players, CDs, mp3, and streaming. It used to be that a popular piece of music was successful for a relatively short period of time. But with the ease and number of ways to listen to music, and the ease of accessing large quantities of music (basically a music library at your fingertips), songs/pieces of music are being listened to and remain popular for longer periods of time.
Side Note
How music was recorded affected how songs were written. It used to be, before recordings, that musical pieces tended to be longer than they are now. The first records could only hold at best five minutes. So, popular songs started to be written for that length of time. When LP records were developed that could play 20 minutes, rather than writing longer songs, they just put more songs on a record.
Creating and Recording Ease Democratizes Music
It used to be that you needed orchestras or bands and then expensive recording equipment and studios. The recording technology and software has advanced so quickly and become so cheap and easy that almost anyone can make top quality recordings if they put a bit of effort in. And they can do it for a low price. Not only that, you don’t need a factory to create records or tapes or CDs. It can all be done electronically. This means that barriers to entry have been lowered dramatically to people and it is much easier to create and distribute music. However, it also means that with so many people creating music and so many channels that it is harder to market yourself and get your music heard.

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