Musical traditions creep back into the electronic era
I was thinking about this the other day…
So, music, as a form of communication, has been around as long as sound. It likely began with us listening to the sounds of birds and beasts around us, the wind in the trees, the waves clacking pebbles and so on. We responded with our voices. We developed our sounds to a rich complexity of language and singing. Music was participatory, we sang with one another.
Moving ahead, we developed musical technology, starting with something simple, hollow logs, tense reeds, which eventually lead us to woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, pianofortes. Not only did we perform, we began our role as non-participatory audience.
Following this, recording media broadened the audience beyond live performances. We could capture the sounds of a single performance, then a blending of tracks. Radio and records lead to CDs and MP3s.
Then, depending on which version you believe, the good folks down in Jamaica created dub – remixing previously recorded tracks. DJs began playing record players as instruments. The exploration of electronic music has reached new sounds, textures and musical expression.
And then this happens:
Using his voice, James Burchfield imitates the electronic.
207 Days to Dec 21st 2012