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The Streaming Brain

November 13, 2020

I have been involved with music my entire life, from reciting nursery rhymes as an infant to writing popular music as an adult.

When I was a child, music was delivered on AM radio. If a person wanted to buy the song, it was usually available on a 33 1/3 RPM (revolutions per minute) bake alight disc and later on vinyl 45 RMP records. These were crude media that often scratched, broke or warped, rendering the music useless.

In high school, the invention of the 4 track tape was seen as the pinnacle of invention only to be followed by an even greater invention, the 8 track tape. By today’s standards, these were bulky, ineffective media. If you ever owned either, you’ll remember the tape occasionally getting entangled in the player resulting in a pile of knotted magnetic oxide.

The invention of the cassette tape addressed the bulk issue but not the sound quality of music. These tapes were extremely easy to store but lacked a lot of fidelity. I used them by the hundreds in my days as a songwriter peddling my wares in Hollywood. Like their cousins, they often wound up as tangled messes of unusable crap.

The real breakthrough came in the form of digital recording and transferring. Digital recording assured that music on various media, including computers, flash drives and CDs could be faithfully reproduced with minimum expense and maximum efficiency. The only drawback was that many formats, such as MP3, compress the digital origin to such a point as to make true audiophiles go nuts. (I am one of those who bitches that the highs and lows have all become “in betweens.”)

Today, we employ various media modes to download and enjoy almost every type of music available. I even found a copy of my father playing first violin with the Vienne Philharmonic Orchestra in 1931 on YouTube. But where will we go next in our thirst for instant musical gratification. Why not the streaming brain? We now have instant streaming and downloading, so why not take it a step further?

What I’m talking about is not that farfetched. A digital downloading transceiver could be implanted into our brains allowing us to just think of a song and have it delivered to us instantly in surround sound. Sound weird? Not really. We have the technology to do just that, even today. What we lack is the will but that will be replaced soon enough by our never ending appetite for instant gratification.

The streaming brain? It’s sure to be in a store near you sooner than you think.

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From → America, History, Music

  1. It’s a thought.

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  2. Of all those obsolete forms, the one thing that has survived is radio. One of the reasons is the attractiveness of local. Very likely, part of the future of radio is hyperlocal, the audio equivalent of the mom and pop store. I listen to radio all the time, although avoiding any whiff of computerized play lists. What good radio can do is surprise you and introduce you to new music you otherwise would never hear.

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    • Good points! I once called a local station in NC from Italy to request play for a song from a local band I was promoting. They put it on their play list just like that!

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  3. Would sure beat an earworm for sure.

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  4. Reblogged this on The Searchlight.

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  5. Yes, but would it be one-size-fits-all? 🙂

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  6. I think you are probably right that it will be invented, but not widely adopted. They’ve tried getting people to implant chips that will work like security keys to open doors and act as identification in certain applications, but most people seem resistant. What if the streaming device became a tool for controlling people?

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  7. Thanks for the link!


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