Music is not immune to progress. It develops and undoubtedly becomes richer and more diverse due to modern technologies. New musical instruments serve as the most illustrative example. For example, following the laser harp, laser beams are used in other instruments. The principle of their operation is similar to regular strings, but their sound is produced not by plucking, but by blocking. A laser violin or a laser bass can operate as an independent MIDI-controller, generating an unusual timbre or synthesised sound. Even a novice will be met by a great tornado of applause due to the visual effects of this musical laser show.
Another strong trend is a touch-screen control panel. For example, to play the contactless piano, it suffices to make a few exquisite virtuoso movements in the air. A special interactive platform identifies the motion of a musician and plays the corresponding notes. The guitar fretboard doesn’t have strings either, but there is a panel with the possibility to quickly change settings and playing modes (for example, 6-string and 12-string guitar).
Biophysical musical instruments are taking over ‘body music’. Special sensors and programs are connected to the musician and can capture and amplify sounds produced by human muscles.
However, despite this progress, Stradivarius violins’ continue to increase in value with each passing year.