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Has Electronic Music Lost Track Of The Future?
Old 14th August 2014 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by fiddlestickz View Post
replicating that tone you hear when tripping on DMT is moving towards the future imo...

that sound is friggin awesome like no other..!!!
I experienced a ringing/humming sound with intense writhing braided/fractal rainbow visuals, coupled with the distinct belief I was going to die.

Originally Posted by Pichi View Post
As long as electronic musicians are relying on machines and code to do their work for them (quantized beatz, arpeggios, cut 'n paste loops) I don't think we can expect a wave of innovative music anytime soon. The quantized/loop sound has pretty much been played out over the last 30 years.
And I haven't heard anyone going as far as Zappa did with programming music (Civilization Phaze III) ... and that was 20 years ago. Most seem to be content to go round and round in circles with their loops.
I agree with you so far as hardware drum machines and sequencers go, they are all locked into the 16 step pattern, but on a computer you can do anything you feel like really, if you develop the skill. I have no developed ability, but my friend is deep into Max MSP and the rhythms he generates with it are crazy. If you refer to the post I put up just before this one you can hear an audio example, Max MSP programs are triggering an NI Maschine.

Also, drum machines are getting more advanced. Machinedrum can be moulded into some pretty interesting and messed up things with a bit of time and effort. It's all about using the tools you have available to you, but in a way they weren't intended to be used.

I really think hardware companies should be on the front foot and producing drum machines that can make crazy rhythms and sounds. Machinedrum is fairly limited as far as I am concerned, it is good and fun but it is still a bit of a toy. I'm interested in trying the Spektralis.
Old 6th October 2014 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by inversound View Post
good post...well...i think that the importance of these discussions is that it gets artists to start thinking about the future...whether it's distopian or not, maybe as artists we are lacking a vision of the we have lost that vision....maybe we can start to think more into the future and create new ideas musically with know, as a theme, through the melodies, timbres, really be creative and manifest a vision of the future (again)....we have alot of new tools compared to the 70s....but I agree that some of the older tools are perfectly suitabl;e
Originally Posted by BM0 View Post
You and I think alike. I too was once optimistic about the Internet back when I was the typical geek exploring this, then new, cyber world. I gained a great deal of knowledge that I otherwise probably would not have and I still do. Back then, I could never have predicted what Internet has become for the majority of its use. Data mining of people, Social media obsession, YouTube, opinion based "news", whatever it takes to get popularity...that whole thing. It is just not what I saw in the Internet. Not surprising that is how it turned how in retrospect. And yes, I also completely agree that technology/computers is so far advanced beyond the average people that use it, which is a dangerous thing. Highly intelligent people are behind these technologies, and when you have that type of power, you will have corruption.
I do not have such optimism about the future, at least right now. I do not see a terminator-like world in the future as it was in the film, but I can see robots become very prevalent one day and people becoming far too dependent on them which would be dangerous. Again, intelligent people are behind the software that run these technologies, and with that power. I personally don't trust one particular highly-intelligent Internet corporation that I'm sure I do not need to name.
My true feeling is that a "reset" will occur, before we see some futuristic utopian society. Something extremely catastrophic will occur setting civilization back decades or centuries for many years. This may either be natural or man caused.

Reviving this thread...

I thought I'd continue this line of thought with a fun song I created using a Korg MS2000 and a Prophet 12. Here is the Soundcloud link:

Do Not Dream of the Future

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