There have been many technological “advances” that have left me scratching my head in bewilderment as to the practical applications of their development. The steady rise of “next generation gaming” has included fads such as; virtual reality pets, a website devoted entirely to images of famed late actress/comedienne: Bea Arthur, mountains and pizza (as seen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show) and pretty much anything marketed online towards the 18-35 year old single male bracket.
At first glance, the one I found most perturbing was the Apple software Garage Band for iOS. It seemed woefully disrespectful to the entire music industry. I lamented the idea that with this “cheat” would flood the mainstream music market with lackluster fame-hungry young people who had little to no respect for the profession or the legacy they would leave behind to the generations of fans that listened to them. Then, I had a bit of an epiphany: not everyone produces music for “insta-fame.”
This could be a first step towards what every musical child really wants: achieving their real dreams. Not everyone wants or needs to be on American Idol or The Voice. Some people just want to be able to use the gifts that they were blessed with: to bless others! Positive applications for the Garage Band App occurred to me (and I must admit): I find the possibilities exciting.
Here are three exciting possibilities for the newest music innovations;
- Built-in high quality microphone/voice recorders. The clear quality from the new wave of built-in microphones on phones and laptops would also allow people to skip hefty subscription fees for new music. They could make their own music, not have to worry about infringing on licenses or getting angry they can’t afford private voice lessons right away.
- The Garage Band App. Now instead of being at the whim of cagey night club owners or putting themselves at risk being scammed by some digital predator, they could eliminate the middle man, get their creativity up and out so they can get back to living!
- Being musically inventive can lead to: developing other marketable skills. These products have the potential to take away the mystery and lure of music making. Instead of regrets and wounded pride from unsuccessful, high-pressure social interactions, being able to successfully produce something on their own may inspire them to; start their own business or focus on one aspect of the industry they find intriguing.
It may sound woefully romantic and cliché but: the progressive technical world really is what you make of it. The real instruments, discipline, and satisfaction will still be there for those who chose to produce music as their life.
For more on The Garage Band App by Apple and products featuring music innovation technology, please visit these links;
1. Official Apple store.
2. Shopzilla for stores offering discounts on built-in microphones on laptops.
3. Early Childhood Music & Movement Association for more perspective on the benefits of music in early childhood development from an informed group.