Music owes much of its recent major advancements to the technological impact created by the discovery of electricity. Electric power is a modern day discovery that has greatly affected mankind’s lifestyle. Today many things have been made easier and more convenient tanks to the discovery of electric power.
Music has especially gained in a great way since electric power helped musicians successfully combat challenges that had for many ages troubled their performances. One of the biggest problems that musicians had been having for many years was the challenge of amplifying their sounds to reach larger audiences. In earlier times the musicians had to be contend with performing to a limited number of people. Performances also had to be hugely restricted to confined shelters where the sound could travel easier.
Vocalists were limited to how strong their voices were. Vocalists that had stronger voices had a distinct advantage over vocalists who had voices that could not carry very far – this is despite the vocalists with weaker voices having better refined quality voices. The audience was also greatly disadvantaged since only a few people could enjoy listening to a performance. The performances consequently became very expensive events that could only be afforded by the rich minority.
Musicians also had challenges when it came to using musical instruments. Some musical instruments are naturally not as loud as some instruments. Instruments such as acoustic guitars could for example not carry very far. Instruments with low sounds were also disadvantaged when it came to using the instruments alongside other louder instruments. For example instruments such as trumpets and drums would drown the sounds of flutes and guitars.
With the discovery of electricity, scientists also discovered amplification. Amplification is a technology that was later incorporated into music and was used in boosting the sounds of sound. It could be used to boost the voice of vocalists and it could also be used to boost the sound produced by music instruments.
One of the great ways that best illustrates the contributions of electricity in the music world is in the evolution of the electric guitar. The electric guitar is an instrument that was developed from the acoustic guitar. The electric guitar is an invention that was aimed to provide solutions to the problem of acoustic guitar amplification.
With an electric guitar, musicians were finally able to play music for large audiences. They could also manipulate the sounds of their guitars to provide unique new sounds that thrilled the music enthusiasts. With the help of sound amplification and sound modification the guitarists were able to influence the development of new music genres such as rock and roll, electric blues, and modern jazz variations.
Electricity also helped in the development of new types of music instruments and the evolution of the traditional musical instruments. For example, man had grown fond of the acoustic piano but it provided challenges when it came to portability, affordability, and storage room. Electricity helped electric engineers to come up with the electrical digital piano which provides numerous advantages as compared to the acoustic piano while still providing quality sound.