May 17, 2013
A guitar has similar characteristics as a piano, such as the ability to control the color or timbre of the note, but the guitar is must more complex given the fact that the actually percussion on the strings can be controlled in various ways. A piano is limited in the same ways as a mallet is, when striking an objects like a marimba or vibraphone. A string can be plucked to create sharp staccato noises, and it can also be muted using many different techniques. A string can also be allowed to vibrate or perhaps constantly rubbed in the case of a violin bow. But there is more to the string that we can understand at first glance. Strings can produce harmonics, which are often heard in music without being fully understood.
A harmonic is created by controlling the vibration of a string once it is plucked. This is a …
May 9, 2013
We live in an age where technology is not really invented, but innovated and improved. The computer chips and processors inside our PCs have not changed dramatically, but they have shrunk in size allowing us to add more of them and increase the speed by volume. The same goes for synthesizers which can pack more components into a smaller space. Just because they have gotten faster does not mean that it is revolutionary or new, it isn’t. Midi controllers have been alive since the first MIDI keyboard was created, but the only new change to them is their packaging into button masher style devices.
The electric guitar and synthesizer themselves can be considered real inventions that changed the way we look at and create music – but since then what has really changed? The next step in their evolution is to combine the analog and digital aspects of the machine …