Someone mentioned skiffle the other day then riffed into talking about punk which was made possible by new, cheaper solid-state electronics amplification and second-hand instruments from junk shops in a time of synths. It was only recently pointed out to me that the immediacy of New Wave (I believe you kids call it Post-Punk now) came from the faster response of the amps compared to valves. Skiffle used recycled tea-chests and old broom handles as bass instruments. Look, it was the 50s.
Most economic downturns are accompanied by an angry, artistic reaction to austerity at street-level, using dirt cheap gear. We haven’t really had one this time. It’s been all music industry distraction from the problem. I was wondering what the Millenials punk weapon of choice would be. I think it might be the Raspberry Pi and a junk-shop MIDI keyboard. Then I realised that a Pi would also fit in a foot-pedal, so there could be a digital effects revolution based on networked FOSS-swapping. “C30-C60-C90, Yeah!” Where is my “Hacked digital is killing the electronic instruments industry” meme?
‘Birmingham Flan Flingers, v.Pi’? I should probably let someone younger do the cultural references.
SRSLY tho! Has anyone done any serious digital music hacking? I’ve meant to for about 20 years.