Making New Music: Understanding Digital Music

The digital era is well and truly with us. The type of music that can now be made with just a computer would astonish someone 20 years ago. These days, many recording studio are full of synthesisers and mixers that have now been made redundant by the small box connected to your monitor!

Back in the early 1980s, the creation of the musical instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) was born. In layman terms this was a new form of musical language, music machines to understand each other. Now, it was easier than ever to play your guitar into your computer and hit record.

These days the term digital music can often be understood as being some robotic sounding futuristic noise is called music, but this isn’t the case. Digital music doesn’t necessarily sound digital just the way it was produced. Most music produced these days, will all have digital elements of some kind in.

When you purchase a CD or download an MP3 file. The music you receive was encoded digitally, it doesn’t matter whether it was a string quartet or an electro-dance tune. The same goes for the majority of music or watch on the TV, videos, your stream on the Internet and much, much more.

The list goes on, and all this digital music has been made possible by the creation we mentioned earlier back in the 1980s which is the musical instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). Without this, synthesisers, computers and other equipment would be unable to communicate, control and synchronise with each other. MIDI is also referred to when talking about types of cables and plugs to connect computers and instruments together.

MIDI music can be transferred between music composing software programs, not because the programs were made by the same people but because the MIDI language conveys information and instructions, readable by all types of music software. MIDI music files contain all the information the computer needs from when the keyboard is to play a certain note and how long that note is to be played for.

So thanks to the digital revolution in music is now easier than ever to make music with your computer. You don’t have to be able to read music, or understand anything about music theory.

Just a little computer know-how, and you’re ready to create your own new music. It has to be said that to make the best possible music you will still need a good ear is a good grounding in music education.

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