[Dixielandjazz] The Handwriting On The Wall

OArkas at aol.com OArkas at aol.com
Wed Dec 15 13:28:15 PST 2004

n a message dated 12/15/04 7:22:54 AM, barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:

Steve Barbone said:
> No need for us to get all worked up about OKOM Festivals, live music,
> declining audiences etc. Soon, we will all (except for the keyboard artist)
> be replaced by the Sinfonia which will enable a "keyboard techie" to
> replicate any music, any artist, any sized band/orchestra you desire. No
> doubt a holographic image maker will follow soon. And it will probably throw
> beads, etc. :-) VBG
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone
> PS. Hope there's a version coming to replace the chick singers. :-) VBG
> Dear Folks:
You know, he's got a point.  I've been remembering a science fiction story I 
read in the late 1950's or early 60's when I was a kid.  It might have been by 
Robert Silverberg (not sure), but it was set in the future when this very 
thing was supposed to have occurred.  Remember, this was before the Moog 
synthesizer.  In the story someone announces that the last trombone player had just 
died; there were only s handful of trumpet (or whatever) players left.  Several 
other instruments were "extinct."  Steve Barbone may have something there.  
Sad thought that science fiction sometimes "sort of" come through.
I don't believe it'll come to pass, but who would have thought that "dj's" 
would be taking so many jobs away from people and that musical shows would 
revert to these synthesizer machines and try to get away from "live" musicians!!
What a thought!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays anyway!


John Pappas
oArkas at aol.com

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