Technology has shown us more about music than we ever thought possible, all the while making music for accessible to us than ever before. Is something being lost when we break music down into bytes and analyze it? What about computers and creativity? Is what they compose music? And that leads us to ask what is music then? In your learning resources this week, you will read about Miles Davis, the music of nature, and the triumph of the cyborg computer, and you will learn about the music/technology nexus in light of culture.
For your discussion this week, you will choose the remaining question from your list and answer it in regard to music and technology. In so doing you have asked all of the questions you will use in your final project and are now familiar with what the answers can look like in regard to other cultural elements.
Choose one or two from these questions:
- What is the problem for which this technology is the solution?
- Whose problem is it?
- Which people and what institutions might be most seriously harmed by a technological solution?
- What new problems might be created because we have solved this problem?
- What sort of people and institutions might acquire special economic and political power because of technological change?
- What changes in language are being enforced by new technologies, and what is being gained and lost by such changes?