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Computers and Music Over centuries past music has seen leaps and bounds in the enhancement of theory instruments and recording arts The first major leap was the invention of the piano in 1709 by Bartolomeo Cristofori From that first major step came the introduction of electronic instruments short after the harnessing of electricity which came in the early 19th century Soon after that came recording and then on to synthesizers and eventually digital recording As computers were introduced to society computer music was also brought into our vision What we are seeing today in the music industry is the use of computers and the Internet to distribute music whereas in the past distribution was only available via record eight track tape and compact disc There are a few problems that come with the distribution of music via the Internet mostly legal having to do with record companies With computers becoming a bigger and more important part of our society everyday it is inevitable that they will affect our music more than what they have already Computers will become even more depended upon for producing and distributing music in the future Thaddeus Cahill took the first step in computer music in 1897 with his Dynamophone The first fully developed model was presented to the public in 1906 Weighing in at 200 tons and measuring 60 feet in length it is easy to see how this invention passed into obscurity fairly quickly Not only was it very large but it was only capable of performing a a continuous range of pitches by alternating the frequency of an electronic alternator It wasnt much but it did provide a stepping stone for scientists and music enthusiasts alike In the following twenty years the Dynamophone developed into much smaller yet still primitive instruments that did basically the same thing It wasnt until around 1945 that computer music finally began to take shape This marked the beginning of The
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