Music has been an integral part of human existence for centuries. However, the production and reception methods have changed over time. Technical innovations have also contributed to music’s enhancement. You can see the improvements in instrumentation and production methods that allow for music to have a more rhythmic, melodic, and structured sound. This has further changed the options and the enjoyment of the listener. But, classical music lovers still listen to the music that was created before these innovations. They are also essential for understanding the musical transitions and contribute to scientific understanding as well as enjoyment. In the 20th century, the distinction between acoustic and electric recording is a good example of the changes in music that technical advancements have made. Sugar was recorded by The Bennie Moten Band in 1927. The Moten Swing is an electric version by The Bennie Moten Band, which features rhythm, melody and instrumentation.
Moten Band’s note composition was innovative, with each note being different from the other. Because the notes would frequently repeat the same pattern, the audience could quickly identify the beat. The acoustic recordings’ rhythm was characterized by a rapid succession, but the electric recordings’ musical notes are clearly distinct despite this. Additionally, each note in the electric recording’s rhythm was precise and predictable.
The Moten Band’s melody and song arrangement are a good example of their musical talent. The acoustic version has a different tone to the electric. The electric recording features clear transitions between musical notes. However, the acoustic recordings lack clarity in note transitions. Additionally, the tone of the acoustic recordings is not balanced. Excessive bass can create musical noise. The electric recording has perfectly balanced tones with noise-free note changes.
The development and enhancement of existing instruments is one of the benefits of technology in music. The Moten Band’s Sugar recorded acoustic as well as electric tracks. This shows that technical advances in musical instruments have been beneficial. A piano, bass drum and flute are the main instruments used in the acoustic recording. However, this low quality sound causes the recording to be lacking important rhythmic characteristics. To capture their music, the poor-quality equipment required that instrumentalists sit properly. However, electric recordings have enhancements due to better instruments. The electronic drum and piano are the most popular instruments. These instruments produce more distinctive and better quality music.