It sounded like the future because the sounds were new, never heard before. Even the sawtooth waveform sounded like nothing else. Now, our species has been exposed to the sound of electronic instruments for over 50 years and it has permeated our subconscious. We know what 'electronic sound' is. It no longer holds any mystery. Whether you hear a Minimoog, a wavetable sound, a granular sound, it's electronic and we know what 'electronic sounds' are. There is no mystery as such, no invocation of futuristic lands. In the 1970s it was different. Even though electronic sounds were made much earlier than that, the 1970s brought it to the masses with commercial music. All of a sudden everyone was exposed to this new, mysterious electronic sound. "How is it made? How do you play it? Do you need to be a robot to play it? Is this what music is like in the year 1999?"SLiC wrote: ↑Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:01 pmSo as yet another emulation of a 35 year old synths drives the KVR forums crazy, I was reminiscing about when electronic music sounded new, like the future...
Now we seem to try so hard to look and sound like the past...
Is there nothing left to do with synthesis other than tiny incremental improvements in copying something that already been done? Analogue, FM, Samples, PM, WT, Granular.
Is that it, are we done?
As to synthesis itself. This statement that we are looking to the past... We do. Sometimes. And personally, I'm very happy that we do as I love seeing some of the vintage synths being reproduced in software. This latest offering from G-force is absolutely amazing. I'm so happy that it was made. A unique, vintage synth recreated in software. Simply amazing. Does it mean that we only look to the past? Not really. If you look around you will find a huge number of synthesis techniques and synthesisers that do not try to emulate anything vintage.
In fact, I think we are spoiled with the amount of sound making techniques we have today. We truly are. We don't lack the tools. We lack the time and effort. People are lazy. If we were to list all the available synthesis designs and all the synthesisers that use them, we would have a list of such immense sonic power that you would never be able to explore it all fully in a lifetime.
So we are 'done', in that you will never re-claim that unique moment from which ever past year. The past is the past. Let it be. But we are not 'done' as even without any major breakthroughs in synthesis, the tools and instruments that we do have at our disposal, have hardly been fully explored yet.