Past Present Future

In the early years of the 20th century, the visionary composer Edgard Varèse dreamt of a new sound world where rhythm, tone colour and structure would prevail over harmony and melody. He named this music of the future ‘organized sound’. In the sixties composers such as Stockhausen, Ligeti and Reich experimented with tape recorders and primitive electronics in different parts of the world. All of them, each in their own way, subsequently brought about further revolutions in the music culture: spatial music, micropolyphony and minimal music. In the eighties and nineties technological developments followed each other in rapid succession. Artists like Kraftwerk, Ruyuichi Sakamoto and later Aphex Twin explored new technical possibilities and paved the way for future generations.

Today, the possibilities for creating and listening to music have become boundless. Every conceivable sound can be created, recorded, edited, organised and transmitted. The present generation is able to make use of progressively more advanced equipment which can easily be installed in every attic room. Never before has music been so colourful, affordable, versatile and accessible. One square meter of equipment can create a musical universe.

So where will this grassroot movement lead us in the future? What are the latest developments on the technological front and how will these define the music of the future?