Oh it was influential in the 80s. Radio was dying and the internet wasn’t really music-ready until the late 90s.
I *lived* on MTV. August 1, 1981 I was there. I was 9.5 years old – RIGHT at the age when popular music starts getting interesting.
Lived on MTV ’til I was about 14.5 and then suddenly, I wanted nothing more to do with MTV.
I’d long been into Pink Floyd by then though (since I was 11/12) and by 15, I was getting into “classic rock” that wasn’t playing on mtv and exploring New Age stuff.
That was the point of the meme, and it was right.
There was something else in the 80s that was very popular: garage bands.
EVERY community had garage bands and talent shows. That’s where a lot of the 90s bands came from.
Now is the best time for music because we don’t have to pay for a damn bit of music (unless we’re stupid or feel an obligation to the artist – depending on your point of view) and we have access to _everything_.
It’s a sea to wade through. But with Soundcloud and Youtube as two common outlets for music, it can be easy for someone with a little drive and a lot of talent to get known.
We have a stack of ancient victrolas here. You know what they are?
They’re as common as Jacob Sartorius playing on a pre-teen girl’s tablet.
lol haha – the thing about this recording though is that it was a recreation. It was on the original equipment and it *was* Thomas Edison, but it was made 50 years AFTER the original in 1927.
Still though: original equipment, same guy, 50 years older.
Still, most sources will say that “this is Thomas Edison’s 1877 recording”. It’s not ’cause Edison wasn’t an old man in 1877 when the voice on the recording is clearly an old man
I agree with everything you’ve said. Garage bands and their modern equivalents, the kids with FL in their bedrooms with the Minecraft posters on the walls… they’re where music futures are being born even now.
I remember one kid on Vine : he made this GREAT loop. Just six seconds of music and creative fx. I started sharing it as much as I could and even looped it to a minute. I was like, “dude, man, you GOTTA make this into a full song!”
So, a year later, I find this. He had a bit more acne now, but he made the thing into a whole song and seems to have a following.
Can’t say it was ‘me’ that pushed ’cause obviously he had all the push he needed – but it had that “something new” to it at the time and it was exciting to have been in a place of creativity where ppl explore new ideas and share them.
Yet there’s people without much followings at all, all around creative services like soundcloud, youtube and stuff. Used to be on Vine but that got killed two days ago – and there’s other places, less expected, where people are releasing their own music.
For example, I was happily surprised that not only was newgrounds still around, but that they still have a thriving music community on there.
Oh I’m not underestimating anybody here.
I bring up the “kid with FL Studio” because that’s the _last place_ anybody would expect new music to come from.
People of all ages are making music, whether computer or live and everything inbetween. The walls have been coming down around music creation and it’s marvelous.