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A Christmas Concert by iPad

In Holidays, iPad, IT news on December 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

Anyone showing up at Northpoint Community Church this holiday season expecting to see a traditional Christmas concert would have been a bit disconcerted when all the musicians pulled out iPads.

Does this spell the end of live music as we know it? Not so much. The music is still very live. However, the use of actual instruments is replaced by iPads, iPhones and the like to produce a more electronic sounding version of traditional Christmas carols.

Cool right? You know it!

But what if this trend is so cool that it is adopted worldwide and musicians invest in iPads with apps that can synthesize the sounds of real instruments, all with using a single piece of hardware?

While this method can provide a sense of being able to play music to those who may have no musical talent whatsoever, it has the possibility of wiping out classical training all together if adopted for a lengthy amount of time. I’m not talking about a year or two of “Hey, this is cool,” – I’m talking about the possible evolution of music from traditional training on instruments in strings, brass, wind and percussion to the adoption of fast-paced musical applications on a tablet or other device.

We live in a world where information and updates are constantly at our fingertips, therefore we are constantly using smarter and smarter technologies. But I can’t help but wonder if these smarter technologies are giving us the opportunity to be lazy, to not learn the skills and abilities we might have learned if this technology weren’t in place.

Hopefully the art and skill of music doesn’t go the way of the ability to memorize and recall roadways without the aid of a GPS service.


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