So often these days you'll read interviews with artists where they say things such as, "everything today is so over-worked. It all sounds the same, like pro tools. We've gone back to basics for our new album."
Bands are now reverting back to analogue tape in a vain effort to recapture the 'golden days' of old. This is like eating cocoa beans because chocolate is bad for your teeth.
The thing to do here is not to eschew using all new tools and technology, it's to learn to use restraint when you are using them. Having new gadgets does not mean that one needs to use them, of course... but likewise the way to stop from using them is not to deprive yourself of them! That'll never end well.
The music industry does currently suffer from a certain lack of identity, a lack of creativity and purpose in music that means that we're no longer seeing the 'classic' songs of yesteryear. Modern music is not designed to last the test of time, but rather to serve as a quick fix for your ears; a short spasm of sonic entertainment that leaves your memory as fast as it entered it. There are things we can learn from the past and carry forward as the industry evolves, but this is not done by ignoring the present. It's done by taking on board all that we have, and choosing to use the best bits.
In an ideal world, every vocal track on an album would not be auto-tuned. Song sections would not be cut and pasted and there would occasionally be mistakes released into the music-loving world... but in a world where artists go 'back to their roots', new music lovers - the kids in their bedrooms just starting on their long and winding road into the music world, these kids will follow suit. They'll say, "the Foo Fighters recorded their album on analogue tape, that's what we'll do". This is all well and good, you might say, these kids have the right idea. But of course, before we start to concentrate on what we should be doing we must first learn what we can do. Get youngsters to experiment with auto-tune, get them to cut and paste songs together in pro tools - light a fire under their creativity and let them make the right decisions for themselves.
The modern technology used in the music industry has been both its best and worst assets - on the one hand it's made recording music easy, so that artists don't need to put in the effort that they once did. On the other hand, it's made recording music easy. Now a young musician like myself can start to learn about producing music, about putting a song together. So don't fear these new advancements, proclaiming them to be a detriment to the industry and saying that the 'old times were the best", say instead that we can learn from our new inventions, just as we do with the old ones.