For centuries, people have been playing music. The process of becoming a musician requires so many different skills. For example, let’s look at the piano. To become a pianist you must have an understanding of musical notation, train your hands in muscle memorization, understand music theory, and practice, practice, practice.
With the advancements in computer software in the music industry though, this experience is changing. Today there are software programs that allow users to develop scores in their home “studios” (aka, living room) on a computer without hardly any musical background at all. That’s not to say that you don’t need skill or talent to make this kind of music. You still need to understand how to make a rhythm that sounds good, how to develop a harmony, and ultimately understand how to build the structure of a song. But what you can now avoid is the years of practice, practice, practice.
Never before have so many amateurs been able to move to a state of success just by learning how to use computer software. This situation isn’t unique to music. It’s not difficult today to get your hand’s on an HD video camera and some editing software to make your own film or to purchase a 15 megapixel DSLR and start shooting professional quality photos. In a world where the line is blurred between “professional journalists” and “professional bloggers,” whose to say who an amateur or a professional really is any more.
In the case of creating music with these amazing software programs like ProTools, Ableton Live, or even just GarageBand, anyone (with a computer) can become a musician with a little dedication and online research.
I’m interested in how this will change the dynamic of the music industry. With overnight successes like Justin Beiber popping up on Youtube, how long will it be before “amateur” musicians are releasing Billboard hits from their living room couch?
Josh Fischer has more than a decade of experience as a web developer, technologist, and multimedia graphic designer. With a passion for business and a desire to help others succeed, Josh assists firms’ strategize and implement the most appropriate technology solutions, always considering how projects’ future technical needs evolve. Experience includes Drupal development, web marketing, social media, and strategically using the internet as a communication tool to spread awareness about particular topics.
Josh is active in the Drupal open-source community locally as co-organizer of the Hampton Roads Drupal User Group and is a member of the Drupal Association, the international association of Drupal users. In addition, Josh attends national and regional Drupal conferences to keep current on Drupal and web technologies and to cultivate professional relationships with other Drupal developers.