Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What’s old is new again!

Let’s face it, when it comes to things like music and fashion, trends tend to be cyclical. If we look back over history, the things that were once cool tend to come back into fashion.

We see instances of this in music all the time. Those of us that grew up in the 70’s and 80’s never thought that the styles of the day would come back. Well, guess what -They’re back!

In some cases, sounds from the past can help create a whole new genre of music. A recent article about how an early 80's Casio keyboard inspired a whole new musical sub-genre was recently published.

Yamaha recently recognized this trend as well by launching their Reface line of portable keyboards. And many companies are joining in on the fun. Otonosekai recently released a new Premium Expansion Pack for the current Yamaha Tyros4/5 arranger workstation keyboard based on an early Yamaha PS-30 portable keyboard.

So why the interest in instruments and sounds from the 70’s and 80’s? Composers, musicians and DJ’s are always on the lookout for ways to imbue their musical creations with something unique or different. By combining new styles and sounds with old, they can create something that is truly unique. Sometimes that very uniqueness starts a new trend or sets that artist apart in a different way.

Whether it is circuit bending a vintage electronic toy, recording a trash truck going by with a USB microphone and laptop or recording bird song with a smartphone, creative musical artists will continue to expand our ideas of music.

Do you have a creative, unconventional or unique way of making music that you would like to share? Please leave your comments below.

Happy Holidays from the Yamaha MusicSoft team!