Gone are the days when you have to go to a music store and line up at the counter to get your hands on that latest CD, just to listen to that one song you like. Through the convenience brought by smartphones and high-speed internet, you can have any song you want to listen to with a tap of your touchscreen. Once you download it, you can have it playing in your ear through the latest Bluetooth enabled earphones, anytime, anywhere. You have to agree, these modern devices make it so much easier to access and enjoy music. Similarly, as one would think, the instruments used to produce such great music have also gone through their own transformation.
The technology available today to update and redesign musical instruments have almost no limits. Somehow, any idea, good or bad, can be made into fruition. Imagine one of the basic instruments in this lifetime, the drums. Percussion instruments have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Even so, the modern acoustic drum set, as it is known today, only started to be commercially available around the 1930s. And in the 1970s, the first version of the electronic drum set was created. So many opportunities were created from the introduction of the digitized beat. From then on, various other electronic gadgets were invented to add on to or completely take over older versions of musical instruments and accessories. With the sudden boom of technology, what was once a basic instrument has become a game-changer in the music industry.
The modern drum set was perfect as it was, however, there is always space for innovation. Throughout the years, musicians and music groups saw the steady beat of the drums as a dependable and predictable player in the music scene. Drummers used to always just be in the background, keeping everybody in check, and this still holds true for most music groups. However, electronic drum beats have infiltrated the music scene, and those who aren’t aware wouldn’t even have the slightest idea that one of their favorite songs might actually have used digitized beats.
From unknown bands to music gods, you might be surprised to know that even the most well-known musicians have used or are using electronic drum kits. Sometimes, having an electronic component in traditional instruments make it more accessible to those who are differently-abled, like the drummer of Def Leppard, Rick Allen, who plays with just one arm. He uses a special kind of drum set as you’ll see in the video below:
The movement of music has evolved together with the innovation of the electronic drums and various other electronic music machines. Some of these machines have greatly influenced musicians and have driven the music trend to go a certain way, although not always in a great direction (like with the autotune–remember that?). In any case, these innovations will keep coming and keep improving what is already at hand. With the tools available today, the future of drumming will most likely surprise all of us.