I’m gonna try to start kind of a debate here because this is a topic that i find very interesting and im sure a lot of the people that orbit around this forum can have good inputs to it.
One day i was drunk with some friends and we were talking about what could be a big leap in music in the near future, when today basically any sound and timbre can be already achieved by anyone with a laptop (or even a phone).
I think that maybe the big change is not in the sound anymore, but in the format or structure of music itself, rethinking what a song or an album has to be. Maybe towards making more “open-form” music, maybe leaning on the “generative” or algorithmic side that makes music more near to the category of a program instead of a rendered or finished soundwave, where some parts may be fixed while others change depending on some conditions. But having this systems as part of the song itself and not only as a way to generate ideas for it.
We are dragging with us a lot of conventions that come from obsolete formats and may have to be rethought, like… Why in the streaming era does music artwork still have to be a square? In the same way, since recording was possible we’ve assumed that a song is most of the time a soundwave that is exactly the same every time you play it, but that wasn’t that true before (or still isn’t today in live music that has some level of improvisation). Nowadays we have the means for making music with much more degrees of freedom or variability , also interaction with the listener so he becomes an active part.
Maybe it is a matter of the tools that allow to make stuff like that maturing and becoming easier, some kind of standard format/platform happening so not every of these songs is an app. Of course the biggest problem is that every new technique is doomed to become a gimmick and focus too much on the technique itself. This ideas have been reserved to more research or intellectual circles, but Id like to see more mainstream experiments in this direction that use the “softwareness (fuck?)” as a mean to enhance the intention of the song and not as an end.
I wrote that way too fast and my english got a bit rusty so sorry in advance. But for clarification, im not talking specifically about algorithm-made music specifically but i wonder if you think that there is going to be a general shift in music from something “definitive and renderized” to something more open-form so a song is not only music information but coding too. Should we question what a “song” means?