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Sebastian: Technology & Songwriting23 Sep 2006 16:21
I've opened this one to discuss, comment and ask about how much does technology affect songwriting and arrangements. Any contribution is welcome.

Although many point out that those two aspects don't relate directly, there are several reasons why we could believe that technology is more important so songwriting (in some cases) than it seems:

- Arrangements, riffs, etc are often inspired by, or limited by, innovations. For instance, before 1967/1968 it'd be very difficult for a four-piece band to make a guitar army in the sense of 'Black Dog', or a vocal choir like the one in 'You Take My Breath Away', unless of course they hired loads of additional musicians.

- Before samplers and for some extent (analogue & FM) synthesisers, symphonic arrangements were relatively rare, because artists couldn't afford hiring an orchestra with much frequency.

- Although a workstation, computer or delay machine can't write songs, sometimes they generate everything frmo a semial idea (On The Run, Malmsteen's Echo Etude or Queen's Track No 13).

- Certain implied chords (like the ones in Driven By You intro and outro) are actually generated by machines over the lead melody, so they're not actually "composed" in the technical sense of the word.

- Athmospheric (yet musical) support, for instance the one in 'Machines'.
1.PD 15 Dec 2006 14:10
This book deals with this subject:
www.ashgate.com
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