The Personal Computer Music Revolution

I often wonder what music will be like after the microelectronics revolution puts a computer in every home. But why should computers change things? Up until this time music listening has been just that — passive listening to recordings of music. But with computers we all become “sound explorers” because we can now take an active part in changing the music we hear or to compose our own. We can master any instrument's sound without the years of tedious practice or we can create our own “instruments”; combinations of conventional ones or entirely new ones.

The technology to do all this is here today and the mass production and availability of personal computers is being felt by the public as never before. We are truly at the dawn of the personal computer music revolution. Just as the radio brought music listening to the masses, so will computers bring music composition and exploration to them too.