Episode #7 of the CE4K podcast discussed technology that each of the team encountered within our lifetimes that had the biggest impact on our day-to-days. Being the music head, Imran nominated the MP3 as the innovation that had the biggest impact stating "it didn't just revolutionise the music industry, it went as far as reinventing it; it forced the industry to adapt before it was even ready to; it changed the way we as consumers consumed the music we listened to, and the way record labels sold it to us. It ushered in the era of downloading and streaming and set the path to making playback medium obsolete. It's the faceless enemy of the recording industry, it's the victimless crime for listeners."
Taking that idea further though, we could also highlight the subsequent use of digital software as well. In 2002, Cody ChesnuTT famously recorded his debut album, 'The Headphone Masterpiece', in his bedroom. [His song 'The Seed' was later picked up by revered hip-hop band The Roots and repackaged, featuring ChesnuTT, for their album 'Phrenology', proving a hit for both parties.]
Naturally 'The Seed 2.0' had a studio-polished and high-quality sound but the original version housed on 'The Headphone Masterpiece', along with the album's other songs, literally sounded as though they had actually been recorded in his bedroom. With today's technology, however, a "bedroom producer" or "bedroom DJ" is more than capable of creating a project with a level of quality indistinguishable from that of an expensive studio feel created by Platinum-selling artists.
Software like Pro Tools and Ableton, or editing software like Audacity and Goldwave is being embraced by millions as their introduction to making music. Even software like Virtual DJ replaces the need for vinyl and expensive decks. Nowadays, the idea of someone with no experience actually being able to create a piece of music is in no way far-fetched with the technology easily available and with sites like Bandcamp, the ability to profit from those recordings is just as easily established.
Episode #7 of the Close Encounters of the 4th Kind podcast sees Tee-J, Dan and Imran explore examples of our most influential tech innovations that we've experienced within our lifetime - what effect have those innovations had on our lives and were these advancements positive ones or negative?
[The closing song on this episode is 'Streets of Rage Intro Title Theme' as performed live by Synt5.]
Emanating from London, UK, and hosted by Dan Collacott, Tee-J Sutherland and Imran Mirza, our 4ever in Electric Dreams website and accompanying podcasts are designed to help us celebrate the things we loved growing up and the things that continue to excite and inspire us today.