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The Future of Synthesized Music
An examination of the issues surrounding the use of synthesizers in music today.
# 152656 | 4,266 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 10, 2013 in Computer and Technology (Technology) , Music Studies (General)

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This paper explores the history of synthesized music and looks at the resistance and skepticism surrounding this new technology. The paper identifies the two main problems of a lack of authenticity of the music, with no way to express emotion, and the fear that musicians will no longer be seen as "real" musicians. The paper explores how new innovations in synthesizer technology have addressed the concerns of the music industry and specifically discusses the development of the touch sensitive keyboard and the ability to more accurately mimic other instruments. The paper reviews the current literature on the topic and predicts that the process will be slow, but in the future, the synthesizer will become a part of mainstream music, regardless of the resistance and stereotypes surrounding them.

What are Synthesizers?
History of Synthesized Music
The Debate
Response to the Debate
The Future of Synthesized Music

From the Paper:

"Before the synthesizer came into common usage, musicians had to spend hours of practice learning to play and perfect their instrument. They had to play their dues, which often came in the form of bloody fingers and many late nights. Musicians had to work to achieve their "right" to gigs and fame. This was the tradition behind the music industry. The synthesizer uses single or multiple sound generators to process sounds, which are then combined to produce certain sounds. Unlike the human musician who must work long hours to learn to produce consistent sounds, the synthesizer can produce the exact same sound repeatedly with little effort. This is the key argument of traditionalists who feel that synthesized music does not represent "real" music.
"The synthesizer uses a number of algorithms to produce the music. Some examples of these algorithms are subtractive synthesis, additive synthesis, frequency modulation synthesis, and phase distortion synthesis. Others exist, but these are the most widely used. Each of these types of synthesizer algorithms has its own strengths and weaknesses. The type of sound that is desired and the setting in which it will be used determine which type of synthesizer is best."

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