Upcoming documentary The Click explores how technology is making modern music bland. Particular focus is given to percussion, where electronically produced beats have replaced live drummers, and those live drummers left are expected to play perfectly in time with the aid of a “click” or metronome.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ singer Alex Ebert told Quartz that it’s now too easy for anyone to make music with a computer and free software. He bemoans an “undeniable loss of mastery” among many musicians and producers making hits now. Sharpe understand that technology can help push musical boundaries. Think about The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Jimi Hendrix’ The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.
But now technology has it has become a crutch. “Musical successes are just being regurgitated in refinement,” he says.
From The Click:
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