The relationships between musicians and their audiences have been changing over time. Much of the change is attributed to the introduction of technology in music, a factor that results into new forms of music making and distribution strategies. According to a substantial number of musicians, opportunities that presented chances of free expression have also been altered. Music existed as an artistic form before recording had been innovated. It existed in ephemeral form, and its performance was momentary. Long ago, music was easy. Musicians of the time devoted their time in learning popular lyrics by practicing and listening (Zappa, 1971). Although musicians could create new songs, their efforts were rarely recognized.
In those early days pipe organs were considered as among the best instruments, and those who mastered its application felt empowered. The most remarkable improvements in the music industry were recognized in the 18th and 19th centuries. During this period, the technology and design of musical instruments enhanced clarity, projection, and intonation. The period witnessed the creation of saxophones, pianos, and clarinets. With these improvements, the popularity of music grew, and the general public began serious discussion of technology in music. Interest groups grew as presentation of music and musical instruments became popular. These discussions have persisted to the contemporary times (Nuttall, 1999). With the availability of social networking sites and websites, individuals’ capacity to air their views regarding presentations have increased. This study focuses at website discussions on the impact of technological factors on progressive rockers.
Progressive rockers became famous for their performance of a rock genre that developed in 1960s. Various websites and news items have been focusing on composition and technical boundaries of the song structure. The discussions have been exploring the intricate patterns of instruments, their texture, as well as their mystery. Progressive rockers have been credited for applying technology to incorporate elements that have been drawn from jazz, classical, and the entire music world. Debaters contend that the rockers lyrics vary from being abstract to embodying concepts. They argue that the rockers’ success has been facilitated by incorporation of technology in the presentation of music. According to the discussions at websites such as Artistdirect, technology has resulted into an explosion in free expressions and musical creativity. Among the reasons behind this explosion is the invention and practical application of the multi-track recording (Peixer, 2010). This has allowed progressive rockers to build and manipulate songs during recording.
Most online discussions imply that advancement in technology heightened the chances of distortion. The implication is that distorting began with incorporating amplifiers and loudspeakers in a manner that created loud music, which is viewed suitable for rock music. Progressive rockers were known for the speed with which they embraced technology. For instance, they accommodated the LP recording innovation, an act that facilitated the removal of minutes of restraint that persisted with popular recording activities. Discussions illustrates that the rockers became experimental with time. Technology presented progressive rockers with a chance to approach the magnitude and scope of music in a classical way. Developments in the broadcast technology presented better forums for experimental purposes. This genre of music could be broadcasted on radio in an attempt to assess response from the audience (Peixer, 2010).
Debaters argue that it is the amplification technology which facilitated the development of bands to a point where performances could entertain hundreds of thousands of audiences. It has been noted that this technology impacts greatly on the musician-audience relationship. Discussions point out that technology has been easing expressing through availing contents in a manner that the audience can bear. As a result of escalating demand in musical items, it has been necessary to perform recording in a manner that facilitate presentation at concerts. However, due to complications in recording, most musicians have abandoned recording, leaving it to seasoned producers. With the introduction of FM radios, the rockers were catching up with the surge in creativity (Pfeifer, 2006). Nevertheless, the surge has been seen as a challenge to the upcoming artists who make complicates the contracting process.
According to discussions on Artistdirect, technological advancements of the 1970s inspired the revival of the genre in the 1980s. Digital synthesizers grew in popularity. Their popularity persisted until the 1990s, a period when they were considered to be stylish instruments (Peixer, 2010). A significant number of progressive rockers have taken advantage of technology to simplify their compositions in a manner that makes them commercially viable. Some take advantage of social networking sites to regroup. Other types of technology facilitate rhythmic compositions that have been enhanced by technology.
Utilization of technology in progressive rock has inspired post-rock and metal genres. The impacts on these genres are similar to that on progressive rock. For instance, high distortion levels as well as unusual styles and melodies. Discussions at websites indicate that progressive rockers have been gaining popularity in, especially in eastern European markets. For instance, the genre has been successful in Russia, a scenario that has been facilitated by technological innovations (Sciarretto, 2011). The increased interest has intensified debate on the impact of technology on the rockers’ success. Most debaters believe that the growth in popularity of the genre will persist as long as the artists and producers continue to embrace technology.
Technology has become intertwined with musical arts. The use of electronic devices has increased with time. Additionally, there have been improvements in the use of software, a factor that has facilitated playbacks, recordings, performances, and storages. Debaters at websites have been exchanging views regarding the impact of technology on progressive rockers. They contend that the increase in ontological music technology has enabled sound engineering in experimental and commercial compositions (Peixer et al, 2010). Past achievements has inspired continued embrace of technology in musical compositions. This promotes discussion at websites and news items.