The Future of Music

[1] Music in most genres (including popular genres) will increase in complexity.

[2] Listeners ability to comprehend and enjoy complex music will increase greatly.

[3] Classical and contemporary music will flourish artistically (although the economic models are unclear). I.e.  classical music is “not dying”.

[4] There will be increased attention to how music is performed and produced – production values will increasingly be understood as extremely important.

[4a] There will be big changes in performance spaces and topologies.

[4b] Music+xxx productions will be much more widespread and sophisticated (music+video, music+ambience, music+meditation, music+mass-event, … ).

[5] Audiences will become increasingly aware of music as a “networked” experience (as opposed to a solitary experience).

[6] Many new genres of music will emerge, some of them radically different from what we have now.  Some kinds of music will “morph”, and flow into other artistic domains such as theater, drama, performance-art, collaborative creation, (semi-)real-time creation/performance, and who knows what else. “Music” will become less identified with “pure sound”, the concept of “music” will evolve beyond this …

[7] There will be a continual increase of highly-competent composers and performers in many genres (including classical/contemporary).  It will become increasingly common for top composers and performers to move freely among multiple genres.

[8] Conventional music theory will become somewhat marginalized – it will come to be viewed as an exotic technical specialty. It will gradually be replaced by a new kind of music theory (OMS + more) which will have a very broad scope, will be integrated with other disciplines (academic philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, psychoanalysis, …). It will include a speculative aspect that looks a little like cosmology.

[9] The connoisseurship of music – characterized by critical judgement, confident choices, articulate appreciation, deep enjoyment  – will become widespread and even mainstream to a degree.  Even “average” listeners will begin to employ vocabulary that is more systematic and articulate, and they will show sharper awareness of their preferences and tastes.