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DUMB VOX – not just banging on logs!

The act of music-making brings together the three clearest identifiers of human culture. - Artistic expression, Communication, and Technology. One could say that this has been true ever since the first drum was constructed, most likely of a hollowed-out fallen tree. Presumably, this newfound instrument would have been used to communicate some meaning between people. “It was a good hunt today; come over and enjoy the BBQ!”

Simply pounding away on a log with a stick however, would not have produced desirable results. Communicating via such an instrument would have required some skill and prior agreement between the people involved, as to what meaning should be attributed to which beats.
The most recent incarnation of the musical instrument is the virtual electronic synthesizer. Our modern instruments are constructed solely of computer code. It could be argued that, given the scope and versatility inherent in modern electronic music systems, it is now easier than ever before to express real meaning and artistic sentiment through music. Unfortunately, a great deal of musical “meaning” seems to have been given-up in trade for the ubiquity of modern technology. The result is a veritable plethora of musical noises, which can sound as square and calculated as the machines which pump them out. - Like so many monkeys fascinated by the myriad technical aspects of the newfound instrument, banging on logs with total disregard for any meaning or artistic sentiment.

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