Any person who is musically inclined, lives for the sound of music, or who are talented in playing a musical instrument or a number of instruments are attuned to where the technology of musical instruments is headed.
It is amazing to think how far the technology of musical instruments has come just over the last century or over the 60,00-years ago. As most anything in this world, a tremendous change occurs over time and the music industry related to musical instruments are no exception.
The Amazing Evolution of the Musical Instrument Industry
It is difficult to ascertain just when or how civilization first discovered music. Just when the first musical instruments came into being always seems up for debate.Perhaps it was strictly by accident as is the general conscious of some physicists and archeologists or perhaps it was during wars. We do know that music goes back into history thousands of years before Christ.
Much documentation found by archeologists supports various instruments of their ages. Scholars can go back as far as documentation allows, then the rest is assumption. Most scholars agree it was purely by accident that the very first musical instruments came into being.
Musical instruments played centuries ago, differ greatly from the musical instruments of the 21st Century. Musical instruments and technology in any realm becomes more complex as time changes. As time passed, musical instruments show smoother textures through varying degrees of technology that was not available even one hundred years ago.
Each civilization had music; however, the people of that generation used what materials were available during that time. Archaeologists found that people constructed their own versions of musical instruments, such as by using animal skins or bones.
Archeologists found definitive proof that musical instruments existed over 60,000-years ago. The techniques of just how these instruments were constructed must use assumptions made as to the procedure people used thousands of years ago, such as drilling of holes manually with sharp stones or possible by using certain insects to make holes in the instrument to alter tones.
Depending upon what technology was used depended upon the sound of the instrument. For example, the mineral copper in combination with sheet metal makes a musical instrument such as a trumpet’s slide and offers a smoother texture. The consistency in the thickness of the constructed slide offers more tones and sounds to the instrument.
Just over 100-years ago, the folks who constructed instruments did so using various types of wood. While wood made a great instrument, it did limit the sound of the instrument. When manufactures of musical instruments discovered increased forms of casting and molding they used iron instead of wood and this changed the tone of the instrument dramatically. The sounds of the instrument stood out with a boldness never before heard in an instrument. This automatic tone enabled the player to use less force to get the sound they were looking for, such as in the flute and trumpet.
When one thinks of the drum, this instrument goes back thousands of years and just could have been the very first instrument discovered, by using animal skins stretched over a container of some sort.
The technology of musical instruments established the foot petal with ratchet for the drum. The timpani attached to this device. This invention allowed for better control in tuning the instrument. Tuning was thus faster and more precise by the musician.
The 19th Century saw great strides in the technology of musical instruments. Skilled professionals who manufactured certain instruments, such as, any of the horn instruments where the discovery and application of valves came into use. Values offered the musician an increased range of notes.
In the end, each instrument of today whether it is the trumpet, drums, violin, flute and more evolved from some very simple instruments in the beginning of time. The instrument kept evolving until it is what we find today. Who knows how far a specific instrument goes before it evolves into a more complex instrument of tomorrow.