Tools has changed the sound of music. I think the invention on the guitar, the synth, recording equipment, these things have changed and shaped music. But what new tools are developed which do something that couldn't be done before? Pads?
Sampling is rather interesting. Also from a copyright point of view (imo the industry killed orginal hiphop because of copyfight) but from an artistic point of view it is not that deep. If you sample a beat, it's not so much different than drumming yourself. Rapping is interesting I should say. Not singing. A musical development.
This list for me is how music evolved:
- live music only, no music was being recorded
- invention of electric instruments
- invention of electronic instruments
- invention of recorded music
- invention of multi-tracks (music became virtual, recording a live performance was no longer key)
- invention of machines like drum-machines and sequencers
- digital sampling, making photocopies of recording and reshape and change them
- (dramastic changing the human voice, artificial voices?)
Maybe the real innovation will be: anyone capable of producing and changing music. Videomakers who will soon be using a tool which helps them generate music. For music you no longer need musicians. You don't need technical people. You only need someone who can make judgenents. "you like this melody line?" "no, make it more sad sounding" etc.
In this age we found out that music is not about the ego of the musician. Music is just virtual and who creates it doesn't bother us. Generative music can be done. But somehow all the tools we are using right now are somehow retro.
Maybe musicians have to find new ways to make new music because the tools will try to reproduce it. The tools have turned into retro tools. Recreating something from the past. And the sampler is probably the best and last example. We sample the past.
I don't think I am right though. Makes a bit of sense maybe... still thinking about what comes next...