By Daniel Gillette
It is told that at one point in time a man came out and said that there was nothing more for humanity to invent. The man supposedly worked for the United States patent office. He claimed that we had invented everything there was to invent. This also supposedly happened in the 19th century. Now imagine how wrong that guy was! Can’t blame the guy for not foreseeing the ability to connect with anyone in the world from just the palm of your hand.
Now, imagine if someone said that there were no more music that could be made up. Sometimes as a kid I would wander off in thought and it made me sad thinking that one day we will have run out of different sounds to make up and that all the songs will become repetitive. Years later I heard dubstep and all the new sounds that that brought in. We will never run out of music.
On so many levels music is amazing. The most amazing part of it is how influential it in human society. Just as the world changes so does music. Lets look at the world and how little it changed from the year 0 to the Renaissance. The Renaissance changed the world a lot, but before that the change year to year was minuscule. After the Renaissance the change stopped for years until the industrial era. That’s when the snow ball really started to gain traction. Now we see progression yearly. Just in the past twenty years we have seen incredible changes.
If you look at the world of music it passed through similar stages just like the world. It looks like music had minimal changes for years in the worlds early existence. Sure, it is not as notated as world history, but we know about some great musicians that are still remembered today. Mozart, Beethoven and many more like them. When did they live may you ask? Both of them were born in the 1700’s and Beethoven lived into the 1800s. When did the Industrial Revolution happen? Humanity started to use Iron in the early 1700s. Steam Powered engines started in the 1800s. The correspondence is very closely connected.
Going back to Renaissance you know that the growth inspired more artists of music. After so much time they aren’t remembered by name. I would bet quite a bit to say that the musicians of that time were also very revolutionary.
All of the sudden we arrive to the 1900s and we see an explosion of music. So many genres and songs that are developing so fast. Every decade a new genre that represents it. Just like inventions, the music will never stop. We will keep on making music because in the end it is an invention.
Now the question I propose is does art provoke us to invent or does the things we invent inspire us to create music? The question you can answer. No matter how you answered though we must be thankful for this Cool Music that we have now.