2016: A Vinyl Odyssey – Part 3. Mankind Kills Technology With the Simplest of All Too
This is the third and final part of a three part journey through the entire history of music and technology. In Part Three, the evolution seems to be complete or at least gone full-circle, as mankind rediscovers some very basic truths about music and his relationship with it.
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The first few years of the second decade of the 21st Century found the music world in a shambles. Melody had been forsaken for dance routines and thoughtful lyrics for salacious invitations that lacked even a pretense of cleverness. The simplest of all musical tools, the wax disk cut with musical vibrations, had served mankind nearly unchanged for 120 years, but alas that was to be no more. Music now existed on the cloud, and it was as ethereal as it was ubiquitous, but it was barely recognizable as human. Algorithms pre-determined what song we would listen to next, and we all Shazamed import car commercials to get the 411 on new musical acts. Everyone thought they were happy and musically satisfied.
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