Composing Technologies

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The tools available for composing, storing, and playing music have changed dramatically in the last 50 years. The ability of computer software to shape waves and define sound have placed a symphony of sounds at the touch of a computer keyboard. Composing, writing, and editing music is enhanced and automated by computer programs that offer input in a variety of formats…

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There is a well founded anxiety that the artist is losing touch with the music and composing has very little to do with artistry. Composing has become a technical, rather than artistic, exercise. Music that is composed and played by technology retains the artificial sound and feeling of the computer software that generates it.
Developments in technology based music have made tools available that allows almost anyone to engage in the making of music. Yet, while computers and technology can aid a composer, it is no substitute for musical knowledge and human intervention. The digital representation and reproduction of music becomes altered and limited by the storage protocols and digital techniques. Moroni, Von Zuben, and Manzolli (2002, p.187) argue that, "musical objects cannot be presented in a compressed time form without distorting them". While the composition and playing of music appears to be characterized by exactness of time signature, tempo, pitch, and temper it is in fact moulded by human nuance that the technology can not support. A composer with little or no music knowledge could make little more than a mechanical and robotic composition.
No other technology has revolutionized the realm of music to the degree that the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) has. ...
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