The Future of Music

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Managing Editor, T. Rangajaru discusses what you can expect on the topic of music in the future.

T. Rangaraju, Managing Editor

Throwback music is enjoyable to listen to, especially when you listen to an old song and it reminds you of a memory. Music is a huge part of our daily lives and it has been for a long time. At the end of 2019, the top 10 artists were Post Malone, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Khalid, Drake, Travis Scott, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X, and Halsey. It’s interesting to think about the fact that a couple of decades from now we’re going to be listening to the music we listen to now as throwbacks! But what does the future of music have in store for us? 

One prediction for concerts and listening to music is that Virtual Reality will become the new normal. 360-degree music videos have already been invented, and soon people might not even need to be present at a concert to get the full experience.   Virtual Reality can replicate a live musical experience or performance without the hassle of buying tickets, traveling and more. 

People believe that pop stars themselves can be virtual. It may seem incomprehensible, but if you think about it, virtual pop stars are as unreachable as Harry Styles and Ariana Grande. They might even have the advantage of being able to perform in many different locations at a single time! Though there are benefits, it’s still sort of odd to imagine your favorite pop star not even being real.

Alina Thomas, a sophomore at Green Level says “I think the future of music holds many opportunities for different voices to be hard. It can even become a form of empowerment.” Music can have so many different meanings, and this could very well become a reason that music is being created in the future. It could be a form of oppression or a way to protest in a different kind of way. 

Another prediction for the future of music is new genres will emerge. In the ’90s there weren’t many types of music, but now there’s a huge melting pot with EDM, rock, pop and so much more. Samara Eguiarte Reyes, a freshman at Green Level, also agrees, saying “Completely different genres might be created that might not even exist in our minds right now.” She does believe that classical music won’t die out because of its ingrained presence in our history. There’s already new forms of music coming out like trap and country EDM. Who knows what other types of genres will be combined to create a fresh, new sound? 

Just like futuristic movies and books show us, it’s highly likely that music in the future will be dominated by technology. Thomas agrees with this, saying “I think that technology will play a bigger role in the music industry then it does now.”  

There are so many artists out there and one question to ask is “What will make me stand out as an artist?” Many songwriters use algorithms to see which type of music listeners love the most at a certain time which is sure to boost their popularity. Mind-reading headsets might be an even better indicator of what type of music you want to listen to, but that might be getting ahead of ourselves. 

Even Though we have predictions, it’s truly impossible to comprehend what the future has in store for us. Anything can happen, and both the technology and music industry can grow beyond our imagination.