Playing With Machines: How Music & Technology Influence Each Other

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Music influences technology, and technology pushes music even further. (Maxim Blinkov/Shutterstock)

From Chet Atkins to Jimmy Page, musicians have been pushing the technical limits of their instruments and gadgets since the first bang on a drum. And today, those limits are being pushed even further.

Music influences technology, and technology pushes music even further—it's a working relationship that's been in sync for a long time. And these days you can use much more than an instrument to create music. 

Ben Johnson, host of American Public Media's Marketplace Tech, has been looking at the ways music and technology intersect, and the limitations of technology when it comes to creating music. 


Ben Johnson

Produced by:

Tim Einenkel


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Abhishek from Flushing,

QuickBooks Point of Sale hardware is really an excellent solution for all your business operations. It can help you manage accounts on regular basis.

May. 20 2014 11:24 AM
Robert Thomas from Santa Clara

In 1966, Paul McCartney was exploring tape loops and Brion Gysin-esque tape "cut-ups" with William Burroughs and Burroughs's "Systems Expert" Ian Sommerville in McCartney's experimental Zapple studio at Ringo's 34 Montagu Square flat.

These and other technical and musical explorations lead to the production of the Beatles’ groundbreaking recording “Tomorrow Never Knows”, from their epochal album _Revolver_.

Going on, fifty years ago.

May. 08 2014 04:22 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

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i could go on and on. I grew up with an Indian community in Flushing in the 70's Ghost World

May. 08 2014 02:36 PM

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