Digital Technology and the Study of Music

Brown, Andrew R. (1995) Digital Technology and the Study of Music. International Journal of Music Education, 25(1), pp. 14-19.


This paper examines three functions of music technology in the study of music. Firstly as a tool, secondly as an instrument and lastly as a medium for thinking. As our societies become increasingly embroiled in digital media for representation and communication, our philosophies of music education need to adapt to integrate these developments while maintaining the essence of music. The foundation of music technology in the 1990s is the digital representation of sound. It is this fundamental shift to a new medium with which to represent sound that carries with it the challenge to address digital technology and its multiple effects on music creation and presentation. In this paper I suggest that music institutions should take a broad and integrated approach to the place of music technology in their courses, based on the understanding of digital representation of sound and these three functions it can serve. Educators should reconsider digital technologies such as synthesizers and computers as music instruments and cognitive amplifiers, not simply as efficient tools.

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ID Code: 6212
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: music, sound, education, technology
ISSN: 1744-795X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Musicology and Ethnomusicology (190409)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 14 Feb 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:37

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