During the digitalisation of musical equipement one thing that happened was to model the analog stuff into digital. And I love this. I am a guitar player. And it is great to be able to get that tube sound in digital.
It’s great for synths and other instruments too, to have these available in software. But I also notice an innovation drawback over the years. Roland is reintroducing their old equipment, their old drummachines and bass machines. And these are judged by how truthfully they are being reproduced. Kinda weird. The 808 bass drum for example is a sine wave and can easily be created by almost any synth but yet most people are trying it to sound like the old analog version. Although most people will not be able to tell the difference… It’s like trying to find that 1%.
I get the feeling that music has stopped innovating. Have we reached the end of sound colors? Maybe any types of noise, color, sound have already been produced? And musically dance music is like going back to more rhythmic based music. But harmonically, since jazz and modern classical everything is also discovered.
Retro music is popular, singer songwriters, analog synthracks and things like that. But what is new? Mixing music with other types of art? Yes. Improvisation? Maybe, but these are still harmonically very limited and more rhythm based. Even live coding, although super cool, doesn’t generate new music.
Things have evolved fast since the 50s. Have we reached an end? But more important: what’s next?