Music Innovation Isn’t Just Digital

6 07 2012

I was talking with my oldest son about music the other day, while we were listening to some Daft Punk and Swedish House Mafia in the car. He was a bit surprised that I was listening to this style of music (given my usual genre is 60’s, 70’s and 80’s top-40), and was describing how innovative the artists behind Daft Punk were, and how experimental they were. I pointed out that he would find it surprising how many artists there are that really like to experiment, many whose roots are in music genres you wouldn’t expect to be experimental. He basically asked “so they like to work with computers and synthesizers too”, and I had to point out that experimentation had nothing to do a specific mechanism for producing innovative sounds. Its the ideas and innovations that matter.

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