Dr. Hari V. Suhasrabuddhe

Influences of technology can be seen in the actual performance of music, in its teaching, learning and training, and so also the social and business aspects of being a musician. In the time available we shall attempt to touch the salient points in each of these areas.

Perhaps the most obvious application of technology to music is sound reinforcement. Today a singer or even a player of an inherently soft instrument like the veena can play to an audience of thousands because of sound reinforcement. Many more listeners have access to musical performances. Sometimes it leads to inappropriate responses such as making loud sounds of appreciation, even in the middle of a performance! Social and economic effects of sound reinforcement are also far-reaching.

A second phenomenon is recording and broadcast, which have broken the barriers of space and time between artistes and their listeners. In the not-so-distant past, students of music were advised to avoid hearing artists from other traditions than their own. Is that feasible anymore?

Technology has profound influence on behind - the - scene activities in music. For daily practice electronic accompaniment opens more opportunities. The tape recorder is an invaluable tool for teaching/learning and is an aid to memory. Notation aids and MIDI instruments have potential but to the best of this author's knowledge they are largely unexplored.

Technology makes it possible to conduct teaching sessions at a distance. The Distance Education is too great to dismiss without exploration.

One cannot end a discussion of this topic without considering how music in its turn influences technology. The Compact Disk is as much a computer accessory as it is a vehicle for music. But parameters of its design were guided by the musical taste of the Chairman of Sony Corporation.

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