Blues for engineers
Michael Dunn's blog post Bach for engineers was just begging for a response. So here goes.
No one, especially a musician, will ever question Bach's genius, but let's face it, he was no Howlin' Wolf. Without the Blues that Wolf an so many others played, where would music be today? Yes, I've played music by both Bach and Wolf. In fact, Michael's blog inspired me to relearn Bach's "Minuet."
What would Bach think of The Blues? Would he admire is rawness and improvization or scorn its simplicity. In fact, what would Bach think of any music that came after him, especially after the advent of recordings?
Who developed recorded music equipment, anyway? Engineers, or course. Engineers invented it all, from records to amplifiers to speakers to mp3s to the networks that distribute digital music. Engineers opened music, including Bach's, to millions who might never have heard it, including me. In Bach's time, the only way to hear music was to hear it performed live. Now, anyone can hear music and many make recordings and videos for free distribution online. If you like Bach's Minuet, give this arrangement a listen.
Would Bach embrace engineers for making so much music available to the masses, thus making people play music that might never have done so? Or, would Bach condemn engineers for cheapening music? You tell me.
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