Music Technology of the 1970s: A Timeline – Pitchfork

Mind-warping synthesizers! The Walkman! Karaoke! Looking back at the ’70s innovations that shaped how people created and listened to music throughout the decade and beyond.

This article sheds an interesting light on music technology that was used in the 1970s. It covers recording technology, playback technology, as well as musical instruments that were common at the time, such as the Mellotron and the Fender Rhodes piano.

The article mentions “large-scale live sound,” citing the Grateful Dead’s February 2, 1970 show as the birth of good concert sound systems. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go a couple of years into the future and mention the Wall of Sound, when it got even better. But it’s a good reminder of the technology that started changing music in the 1970s.

Source: Music Technology of the 1970s: A Timeline | Pitchfork

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