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Music In Modern Times Essay

1042 words - 5 pages

Winston Wood
English 1101

For many people, music is one of the most important aspects of life. It can help someone through a hard time, bring out creativity and passion and even heal the soul. Unfortunately, with the advancements in technology, that very same creativity and passion ceases to exist in most music today. The soul of music has now been destroyed. Musical instruments have now been replaced by computers, which take away the physical and emotional connection between artists and their instrument. As a musician, I am utterly disgusted by this. Also, more and more artists do not write any of their own material anymore, especially if they have sold out to big companies such as ...view middle of the document...

(abbeyroad.com) You would have seen how the layout consisted of a drum kit, piano, microphones, amps, guitars of all sorts and the recording equipment necessary to create their desired material. That is how the recording and producing of music is supposed to be. Now, if you were to walk into a present day studio, you would not necessarily see the same thing. The technological advancements with recording equipment have surpassed the ability of a musician to play an instrument. Drum kits have for the most part gone electrical and have pre-recorded loops that producers use instead of having an actual drummer playing. Pianos, keyboards, amps and guitars are all now available on certain softwares so that those musicians are also phased-out. (homerecordingconnection.com) Lastly, the vocalization in music today for the most part, is not even real! The producer has the vocalist sing the lyrics how they actually would sing them, then once they have it recorded, the true horror begins. The producer can now take the vocalist’s voice and alter it to no end, making it higher, lower, fixing pitches and using autotune; all computerized and non-human. (monsterchords.com)

Today, in the pop music world, many solo artists such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Brittney Spears, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber do not write any of their material. Because they have sold out to big companies, they write all of the music for them with the intention of solely making big money, not for releasing good music. These companies have also changed the persona of many artists. For example, Lady Gaga started out as a respectable artist, writing her own music and not having anyone change or edit the ideals presented in her work. Regrettably, she was bought-out by Viacom; a huge company that owns MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, edc, and her entire musical being was forever changed. Now, Viacom writes all her material, makes her wear ridiculous outfits and stand for something that she is not. What has happened to the credibility of music? It has apparently gone right down the...

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