Among the cultural changes seen over the last thirty years, particular attention must be paid to the profound revolution that has radically changed the way music is understood and enjoyed.
From the consecration of hip hop, to the birth of Youtube, from the invention of silent disco, to the use of musical tracks that play an integral part in some sports disciplines. With rhythms that have speeded up the natural succession of events, music has dematerialized, changing its language and customs.
Who and what made these innovations possible and how? How will music be listened to in the future and how much will it change? Let's discover it together with the new alphabet of the musical revolution according to Technogym.
Live arrived on the scene in 2001 and was the first product launched by Berlin-based company, Ableton. A software for music production that revolutionized the concept of live performance, allowing musicians to easily archive, place and play all their samples in front of the audience, allowing them to create music in real time and transforming the laptop into a real instrument.
The largest city in Illinois is the starting block of the musical phenomenon that we call house music. A genre that, as soon as it reached the old continent, in the second half of the eighties, was able to influence - together with techno music, originally from Detroit - the entire evolution of electronic musical genres that we danced to throughout the nineties. Even today, it is the basis of what is most popular in clubs all over the world.
Even the destination of entertainment par excellence has changed over time. From the sedentary bohemian life of the sixties, to the popularity gained with the hippie invasion of the seventies, up to the explosion of the parties of the eighties and nineties: the island that has made the history of music is now, more than anything else, an industry of entertainment. It was wild and unlimited, now it is mostly expensive.
The institutions, too, have contributed - if not revolutionized - to influence and modify the rites and musical experiences of most night owls. In Ibiza, for example, for about a year, every club has been closing at 6:30 in the morning, preventing useless marathons that by nature would last until late afternoon. In London, in addition to the impossibility of drinking alcohol on the street (a ban that has been in place for years), the closure of some historic clubs is slowly changing the appearance of the city's nightlife. From high-capacity premises to increasingly fragmented realities: an epoch-making passage that should guarantee better control by the police. Will that really be the case?
It is the object that changed our way of enjoying music forever. Launched in 2001 by Apple, it does what walkmans and portable CD players used to do, but still holds thousands of music tracks. In the space that used to take up a tapestry, it allowed an entire library to be transported. The beginning of a new era.
Since its most primitive forms, music has generated movement and dance. Thanks to Pieter-Jan Pieters, movement and dance have started to generate music. It is to him, in fact, that we owe the birth of Owow, the first company in the world to produce musical instruments whose operation is based on simple gestures. Small hardware can recognize the movements of hands and arms, giving voice to synthesizers and virtual drums. Making music has never been so natural.
The pioneers of electronic music par excellence. The group founded in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, students of the Conservatory of Dusselforf, gave life to all kinds of electronic music we know today. Their robotic sonorities and seductive rhythms have consecrated them as inventors of pop synth and contemporary club music.
They translate into sound waves which are produced (or reproduced) by our media. And if until a few years ago the challenge was to create ever more reliable ones, or capable of reaching record volumes, today the research and development that concerns them is mainly focused on their integration. The new speakers will be as powerful as they are invisible and, I'll say, wireless. The state of the art? Someone already speaks of oscillating "walls" studded with microscopic boxes, no larger than seven millimeters in size. Perhaps that's how we'll listen to music in the living room, about ten years from now.
Invented by a team coordinated by the Italian engineer Leonardo Chiariglione, it is a compression algorithm capable of radically reducing the amount of space needed to store information related to a sound track, keeping its quality almost unchanged. Thanks to mp3, it has been possible to create infinite music archives in spaces that were previously unimaginable. Without him there would never have been a download of music on the net.
It's the music label that brings together many of the most influential techno djs on the world stage over the past decade. It is owned by the Berlin-based Berghain club, the current world capital for Techno lovers, and considered one of the best clubs in the world. The revolution? A temple of sound in the premises of a former East Berlin power station, where you can't take pictures and where - moreover - it's very difficult to enter. An evening may last up to thirty-two consecutive hours.
The possibility of filming in high definition, by means of very small size supports, has greatly increased - in recent years - the quality level of music videos, while at the same time allowing those who do not have a pharaoh's budget to express themselves at a professional level. Forget short movies in Thriller style: today a reflex and an editing program are enough for a good video.
Your running rhythm becomes music.
New connections and interactivity of the machines will automatically select tracks from the music library that best suit your running rhythm. Running will remain a pleasure, thinking about your well-being as a priority. Everything else is emotion and energy.
A particular phenomenon of dancing musical entertainment, in which the sound is diffused through wireless headphones rather than through common speakers. A type of event that allows the continuation of the dance even beyond the set hours for the reproduction of music at high volume, avoiding the disturbance of public quiet and noise pollution. A concept born at the end of the sixties, which in the last decade - thanks to the lowering of the prices of the hardware needed to listen to music remotely - has seen a real explosion.
Revolutions - as we know - always start from below and the shallows of the most sincere and proliferating musical culture are identified with the term "underground" - a term that has always been opposed to the mainstream mass culture. It is in this sort of primordial broth that hip hop, techno and dub step were born, just to give a few examples. This is precisely where the trends that will characterize the music scene of the near future must be sought.
Whether it's hip hop, house or techno, the origin of every revolution always has to do with premises in basements, disused power plants, recovery environments and warehouses. They often listen to bad music, but it is here that something new happens every now and then to see the light. Attendance - with critical spirit.
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