When was the last time you went to a concert? What about a music festival? The music event landscape is shifting and expanding at an incredible pace, with the number of consumer-facing festivals more than tripling in North America over the last five years.
Technology is a dastardly driver in this explosion; it is increasingly responsible for much of the sound variation in modern live entertainment, as well as the passive elements that create the moments between moments that bring an event to life both online and offline. It’s the Moog Sub Phatty driving crazy riffs through the airwaves, the chip in your wristband that lets you check in and out of the concert, the tiny box that a merchant plugs into an iPad so you can buy booze, food and wearables, the Facebook kiosk that broadcasts your current concert whereabouts to the rest of the world.
But what does it mean for the future of music? Or the future of music technology?
This month, the Topic blog is dedicated to just that: exploring the possibilities technology creates for the future of music. Next week is the first stop on the journey: how musical interfaces are reshaping the way we create and listen to music.
On the morrow, we shall dance. See you then.