5 Inventions That Changed Music

[Shane Alexander over at brother site Geeks and Beats took at look at some devices that changed the very nature of music. – AC]

From Thomas Edison’s first waveform-engraved cylinders to the iPod and every touchstone devoted to preserving music and performance since and after, we’ve come a long way. The Geeks narrowed down the list to the five essential breakthroughs in music and playback technology.

Antares Audio Technologies (also known as Jupiter Systems) was founded in 1990 by Dr Andy Hildebrand. He used the same Digital Signal Processing technology he employed to measure seismic data to create Auto Tune in 1987. He first patented the infinity sample-looping software and various Pro-Tools plug-ins. But it was the horrid sound of Auto Tune that etched his legacy. It helped the likes of Kanye West and other artists to create chart toppers. Music purists stay away from it.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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