Harper’s Magazine: Inventing the instruments of the future

August 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

Given my recent fascination and advocacy for live-coded audio, this piece in Harper’s Magazine really got me excited…

“In fifty years’ time…I think people will still be playing piano, guitars, and violins, but I also think they will be playing electronic instruments — actually performing virtuosic work upon them. What these will look or sound like, I don’t know. What music can we expect to hear from these new digital instruments? If a generation of people who grew up listening to plugged-in instruments and guitar solos have moved onto the computer, what happens when a generation of musicians who have learned to sample and manipulate automated audio clips are given the tools for expressive digital instrumentation?”

[Postcard] | Virtualsity, by Michael Barron | Harper’s Magazine.

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