Originally posted by @wolfe63
Good question. I've thought of this in the past. It's a good topic.
Like most people, I like music from the Mozart/Beethoven era. (Late 1700s through the early 1800s) So, it's not unreasonable to expect future generations to venerate some of our time's musical talent. I can only speak of music I know...which is Western.
Having said that, 100 years fro ...[text shortened]... iate:
- The Beatles
- John Coltrane
- Frank Sinatra
🙂 For starters.
Bob Dylan, remember, he got the Nobel Prize in literature AND oscar and many other awards.
If they are saved, people might listen to folk music, that is, music not made in studios requiring 64 tracks and digital tricks to make them sound salable.
I think there will be a time when simple singer plus guitar or uke or fiddle will be seen in a different light in another 100 years.
Music of the real people going on in parallel with the fake commercial so-called music of today and yesterday that gets lost in 6 months.
Throwaway music that meant nothing but sales figures ATT and a year later, in the dust bin that included cassettes of disco dance music, a genre that died a well deserved death.
Same with DJ 'music' using samples of other people's work just for a night of dancing in a cheap bar.
It will be real human stories that will live in a hundred or 2 hundred years from now, assuming of course there are humans around with enough of an advanced society able to find and play such music in whatever formats for music shows up in the next century.
One problem is with archiving. CD's and DVD's have a limited lifespan because of moisture getting in and destroying the optically active micron thick layer so there may be no way of playing such CD's on ANY equipment a hundred years ahead because even if a CD player works fine the dots of the music are gone and it would be up to forensic media archaeologists that may find a way to analyse the plastic layers covering up such data bits.
So assuming no mold gets into records, they might be the main format surviving the next couple of centuries, vinyl and we already have laser systems, non-contact methods of playing those recordings so they get zero extra damage from playback.
Archiving digital files is a bit problematic also, magnetic storage only lasts so long and a hard drive 100 years sitting in a cave will probably lose most of it's recorded bits in that amount of time so 78 RPM and 33 and 45 RPM vinyl may be the only thing around in the far future if they are kept in a reasonably clean environment and a neutral atmosphere. There are archive technologies talked about where lasers drill holes in ultrathin gold sheets and such and read out of course by such a lasers but I think that tech is still in the labs and they need to start serious archives right now, or ten years ago before the present tech is useless to playback.