A Brief History of Music technology and Its Effect on Popular Music

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Music has a great influent on people in our daily life, just like technology’s effect on the music. In the last 100 years, pop music has been a major part of American culture. There’s always discussion on how great can a pop music affect one’s daily life. Both technology and music can affect one’s life in either good or bad way such that they are also related to each other. Technology had always had a dominant role in human history like music since the 1900s. Since then, the advancement of technology had create ‘miracle’ with music such that people won’t be able to imagine the effect back in 19th century. The effect of the technology on pop music can be observed through the instruments, composition and mainly the recording and transmission …show more content…
Instead of pre-installed punching rolls, Clark invented Marking Piano which allow to record the master roll data from live performance in 1912. The player piano market was lasted from 1900 until the Depression in the 1930’s and made the preservation of historical performance of Jazz and Ragtime. This is because player piano sounded much better than radio and the early phonographs during that era. People also enjoyed the musical talent of the best pianist of the day like Scott Joplin. The sale of player piano reach its peak by 1924. However, the Great Depression caused the player piano production ended effectively (Kimbrell & Sons Antique Player Piano and Pump Organ Restorations, 2012). Most of the instruments were broken down for fuel during the Great Depression. However, that’s the starting point of music record. Thomas Edison is credited with the invention of phonograph in 1877. Thanks to the invention of phonograph, the beautiful music can be recorded and become accessible to all. At first, the purpose of the invention was only used for entertainment until gramophone was invented such that the music was recorded in disc form as oppose to cylinder. “Before twentieth century, listening music was a temporal fleeting experience –and a rare treat (Colemn, 2003).” It was clear back in late 18th century, people only can access music through commercial place or some events. The invention of phonograph allow people to
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