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Music and technology – in memory of Michael Jackson

June 25, 2010

The taste of music is changing, why?

Until today, 6-25-2010, Michael Jackson has passed away exactly one year. We put together some thoughts about technology and music. Music does not rely on a single element. Music is under the influence of social& economical conditions and technology advancement. In this article, we will make a brief exploration of technology and pop music changes from 1980s – present.

1. Technology Changed

(1) In the 1980s, the popular professional video cameras:

SONY BMC-100/110 – 1983 video camera,accreditation to

PENTAX NEXA – 1983, accreditation to

(2) In 2010, the popular professional video camera:

Sony XDCAM EX PMW-EX1R, 2010, accreditation to, $6,000 – $7,790

(3) The music instrument in 1980s

Fairlight Computer Music Instrument (CMI), accreditation to

(4) The music instrument in 2010

The typical music instrument for a band in 2010, accreditation to

(4) Sony ACID for multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing first available in 1998

Sony ACID Pro, accreditation to

(5) Video hosting websites
Before 1990, there were barely video hosting sites available to the public due to the slow internet speed. After 2000 until present, there are over 50 professional and free video hosting sites, source.
(6) Social networks, the incubators of famous singers
The time needed for a singer to become famous turns to be much shorter than before because of the social network. A singer can become famous within a very short period of time, for example, Justin Bieber, who becomes popular on Youtube and public in just one year.

2. Pop Music Changed:

Michael Jackson – Thriller, November 30, 1982
Madonna – Like A Virgin, 1984
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name, 1986
Michael Jackson – the way you make me feel , 1988
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby,1990
Whitney_Houston, I Will Always Love You,1992
Boyz II Men – I’ll Make Love To You, 1994
Sublime – What I Got, 1996
Celine Dion, My Heart Will Go On, 1998
Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time , 1999
Santana – Smooth,2000
Coldplay – Yellow,2001
Avril Lavigne-Complicated,2002
Beyoncé Knowles, Dangerously In Love, 2003
Hoobastank – The Reason, 2004
Mariah Carey – We Belong Together,2005
Trisha Yearwood,Georgia Rain, 2005
Taylor Swift – Tim McGraw, 2006






Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad,2007
Lady Gaga – Just Dance,2008
Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A. , 2009
Justin Bieber – Baby,2010
geyang xu – Sad -for a million times, 2016
(1) Because of the high definition video, the resolution of the video becomes much higher than before, the color, the context of the video musics have experienced revolution after 2000.
(2) The multichannel audio system also helps to improve the sound quality.
(3) More young stars start to emerge, for example, Justin Bieber, 15 years old, Miley Cyrus, 18 years old.


High-resolution digital video and audio systems have enhanced the music user experiences to a new level. Open and free social networks make the music share become much easier than before. Young singers, younger than 18 years old, are being discovered. More and more young singers will be discovered through the social network in the future. The social network has become a hub for musicians and audiences to make interactions among each other.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Susie permalink
    June 26, 2010 10:50 am

    It is true that it is easier for talented (sometimes not talented,but characteristic) individuas become famous overnight. But the average time period they stay in fame also become shorter. People are looking for new fun. When new fun are found,old fun are ignored. Those singers are kind of fashion products that their companies try to maximine profits out of their fame. Even though it is cruel to say it, the human society is commercializing whatever can make money, including love,friendship,believies and so on.

  2. June 26, 2010 2:11 pm

    I agree singers’ singing-life-span can be shorter than before. But, I do not really fully agree, singers are solely the money machines for some companies. Singing is their life and love.

  3. synergythris permalink
    July 6, 2010 8:34 am

    Great story! Lots of work went into this one. I appreciate that. I see so many story with little content. Come check out my story and let know what you think…?


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