@cgiffard In a certain way our contemporary tools let us do what we want. And that undermines doing new things in a certain paradoxical way. Again look at Bernie Worrell doing such interesting things with keyboards in the 70’s when synth was primitive.
@cgiffard Yes, and I often halfway wonder if that’s not part of the reason for a lack of innovation. My long held pet theory is that it’s working against imposed limitations that really lets creativity flourish.
@cgiffard Artists who often did the most interesting stuff with computers were those already with heavy theoretical and practical background with strings and brass. Say Bernie Worrell who was with Talking Heads and Parliament before.
@cgiffard I think computer use incentivized certain styles. So early computer use made drums and percussion much easier and more used. Harder to do real brass or strings beyond piano like limited copies.
@cgiffard …electronica such as Vangelis. Then you have move to minimalism is composers like Philip Glass but again a lot of echoes of earlier music. I think it’s the lack of expansion in theory that partially shows limits of music.
@cgiffard In some ways. Part of that is also extensions in formal composition theory among intellectual class of musicians. So Legiti and similar composures in 60’s were looking past music in terms of notes. Pops up in weird ways in late 70’s early 80’s…
@cgiffard Yup and ambient was transformed by psychodelic era in early 70’s but arguably by a certain style of Jazz from early 50’s even more. Common theme was often drug preference by musicians. That’s why strains of punk sound like rockabilly in ways.
@cgiffard So I think you’re right. There’s a continuum. For instance Mike Oldfield’s work in the early 70’s seemed mimicked by a lot of club and trance music in 90’s with even Oldfield playing clubs then.
@cgiffard Trance always struck me as a combination of elements of techno combined with early 70’s mellow psychodelic music. Loved Orb’s trance takes on Pink Floyd for instance. Early Tangerine Dream simply.