Friday, March 21, 2014

Modern Music

A&N love the new computer they got, and I'm glad they have something powerful and contemporary to work with. Their computer blows mine out of the water in terms of speed and power, so much so that there is little desire to even use mine. This is a good thing, because it frees up my computer to be used by me.

A has been using her new music composition program like crazy, spending literally hours for the first two days. The program is for composing digital music with a beat, namely dance music, which is her current favorite. I believe one of the genres that she likes is call DubStep. Being so old and boring I didn't realize that DJs today are a whole new crop of musicians. In the past, a DJ was someone who played other people's music, but I've learned that that version doesn't garner much respect in today's world.

A DJ today utilizes modern technology to compose music and even hire performers to sing the lyrics. That's why it's so confusing to me (not just because my brain is going soft) - the DJs are guys and women are singing the songs. They composed the stuff, and performers sing it. Anyway, according to A, DJs who only play other people's music just aren't that cool. You have to be a composer.

Which brings us to the modern form and A's computer. She is really into it, and understands the theory and structure of music form her years of guitar lesson, which for the record, she continues with today. It's pretty cool to see, and you can hear it when she analyzes and breaks down music, there is some serious understanding of music theory going on.

Plus, the kids, both A&N, are very tech savvy, and having a modern computer is part of that. The next phase will be to get N into programming and maybe game design, two areas that speak to his heart, just as long as he remains active and gets out of the house on a regular basis. Somehow, I don't think that will be a problem.

BTW, it hasn't escaped my notice that we are focusing less on hockey these days, which for the record is not a bad thing.

Until the next time, thanks for reading.

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