An exploration of technological advancements in music as seen through the eyes of three music professionals
Martin, April Diane
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The intent of this study is to examine and compare the perspectives of three musicians regarding technological changes during their respective careers in the recording industry, music composition, and music education. The interviewees were chosen based upon their expertise and experience in their musical fields as well as similarities of age and geographic location. The researcher used an approach in which unstructured and structured methods of interviewing were combined to gain the trust of the subject and to acquire information in as rich detail as possible. Interviews were recorded and then scripted to allow examination of possible respondent similarities and differences. The subjects interviewed were: Michael Henry Martin, a recording engineer; Dr. Sally Reid, a composer; and Dr. Ed George, a music educator. All three share several characteristics. For example, they live in a small area in West Texas isolated from larger Metropolitan areas. They are each well known in that community but do not necessarily enjoy a national reputation. They are all relatively the same age; they have had successful careers and are now retired or approaching retirement. Therefore, the researcher interviewed them to explore their differing applications of technology in and throughout their careers. By holding age and geographical location constant, the researcher examined similarities and differences in the respondent’s perspectives of technology application throughout their careers. Results indicated that technology did have an impact on all of the respondents’ career fields and lives. Each interviewee commented on how technology in music has affected their careers.