I came across a really interesting news article on the BBC website today on how computers are being trained (aka designed) to understand the language of music. It seems that in the not so distant future that computers will be able to understand how music can be dreamy or warm. While this may sound a like a dream come true for some people, I think it is probably a little scary to those guys and gals who work as music producers. I mean, will people even have to pay someone to give their music a dreamy sound in the future if a computer knows that that means? It might just be a filter that you can apply to your tunes.
Of course, if you are just an amateur musician with a cheap little home recording studio and no cash to afford the fancy pants music producer to begin with, then this really does sound like a dream come true I suppose. It gives pretty much anyone the ability to easily manipulate the sounds of music. But that leaves the question – will any true musicians or artists remain once this sort of thing is widely available and goes mainstream?
The article stresses that what will happen are just basically simple effects and that it cannot really change the original tune in terms of deficiencies. So, if you start out with a sort of crappy bit of music and then apply a dreamy filter to it, you will just end up a bit of dreamy yet crappy music.
Of course, with the way that advancements in technology are these days, you have to assume that it is only a matter of time (like a very short matter of time) before this simple software is able to completely replace music producers and completely change the music so that it can go from being a not very good piece of crap tune to a dream masterpiece of a tune.