Nothing Like the Real Thing?
Last week I was asked what I’d think if I went to a concert and all of the musicians were on stage playing music with a software program instead of real instruments. I must admit that the question stumped me. On the one hand, I’m a big fan of technology, as it has brought us countless advances in music. On the other hand, there’s something about seeing a musician play their instrument live that never grows old with me.
I’ve been going back and forth with this topic so can we discuss it?
Some will say that nothing sounds as good as the real thing. But, today’s software is getting pretty close, as there are instrument samples out there that make it hard to hear the difference. Is that a good thing or bad thing?
Others may believe that because music is continuously evolving, technology is merely keeping pace with instrument samples.
While I like the spice that technology is adding to music today, I think I’d feel a bit shortchanged if I went to a show and no one played a real instrument on stage. But, what do you think? Can both types of sound coexist and be equally valued?