Youth Music Box Democratizes Music Creation

Is Everyone Making Music A Good Thing?

If you are one of those people who thinks that there's already too much mediocre music being released every year; check out this set-up designed to introduce teenagers to the "joys" of creating music.

Youth Music Box allows four people – of any age and musical ability
– to collaborate on digital music
project with finished songs uploaded to a music sharing website. (BBC)

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  1. Good and bad…
    I think people will see this as it is, pure fun and not actual music making. That said, I think a lot of money can be made down this avenue…Rock Band, this, and anything else that give you the thrill of being a musician without actually practicing to be a musician, are looking to be big parts of our landscape.
    Hopefully that equals more kids getting interested in real instruments. This is also a gift and a curse, as more musicians means the glut may get even bigger. As more and more people start to make music, I think everybody’s just gonna have to become happier w/ smaller audiences.
    Iono…just thinking out loud. We’re all struggling to survive in this industry, and I don’t know where the viable solutions are. Things are changing, and unless people are held accountable for pirating music, the money to be made in the industry is gonna keep going down.
    Also, did you see the news that Qtip is writing a book of memoirs? Another avenue I might have to pursue. Doubt anyone would want to read a 21 year old’s memoirs, though. lol

  2. ^^I was under the impression Tip’s book was industry/biz specific, more than just an autobio.
    Anyways, installations like this? They’re awesome and they’re not a threat to serious musicians at all. No video game is gonna replace Victor Wooten. Songwriting is not an algorithm…yet.

  3. good point. I first heard it as “memoirs,” but everything else seems to be calling it a “industry revealer.”

  4. It’s easy to get distracted over the petty detail, so I’ll just skip over to the big picture: I don’t think this and others of its ilk will dramatically change anything.
    Look at karaoke: it may be a strain on the ears and nerves if you actually go to a place that’s having a karaoke night, but it hadn’t really impacted the music scene proper. Whatever singing karaoke, playing Rock Band or making music with YMB may mean to the individual, it is unlikely people will be flocking to hear them doing it.
    I can envision people posting their “work” on YMB to the Web, but so what? Even bona fide musicians aren’t exactly rolling in Internet fans (much less paying ones). Joe E is right in saying that the real battle is in enforcing copyright and generally sustaining the viability of the music business. “Making music” yourself is a widely different experience to listening to someone else, so I don’t see a substitution effect here.

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