Technological advances in society have helped shape classical music. Music has become more and more accessible over the years. Formerly only being heard in concert, Classical music can now be heard over the internet through downloads, videos, mp3s, streaming etc. This means that the audience for the music which was once small has expanded greatly. People stumble across videos on youtube and become aware of music they didn’t realise existed. Radio was developed during the end of the 19th century, creating the first demonstration of wireless communication. During the early 20th century, radio was developed enough to start sending voice signals as opposed to Morse code.
On the 7th of September 1992, Classic FM aired for the first time, making classical music accessible for everyone who owned a radio. It also had a big effect on the creativity on music in society. Classic Fm launched a Hall of fame in 1996 (which still runs today). It is ‘the biggest annual survey of classical music tastes in the world’ which lets listeners ‘vote’ for their three favourite pieces by phone, post or online. The top 300 are then counted down over the Easter weekend. The hall of fame is a very creative way of getting people involved in classical music. It lets people express their views and opinions and build connections with people who agree with these views. Groups and fan pages brought to us by the internet, particularly on social networking sites, bring people with similar preferences together creating fan bases. These groups then share their other musical tastes, further boarding other people’s knowledge.
Technology has helped people hear classical music more conveniently. The development of keyboards and electric pianos has made it cheaper for people to take up the hobby/profession. Pianos are very large and expensive making it a problem for traveling etc. The fact that we can now use these digitized pianos makes music more accessible by allowing it to move from place to place without too much hassle. Digital pianos also have the benefit of the fact they never need tuning. Piano tuning can be expensive as it is needed after every move and four times a year. Therefore, digitized pianos can reduce costs which, in turn, makes them more accessible in society. Although this is a good thing, it can also cause problems for creativity in society. Having an electric piano can deduct from the overall sound of a performance by using digitally sampled sounds – this means there is a lack of colour and expression in playing as well as sound dynamics. (http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-digital-piano.htm) Ideally what is wanted, for example, is a grand piano or baby grand. Also, the more compact electronic keyboards do not always contain the appropriate number of octaves a pianist needs which can cause problems by limiting repertoire.
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