Wednesday Question: What Will Music Be Like In 2035?

Apply some forward thinking and make your predictions about the future or music, guitars and rock bands here. Funny or serious answers welcome!

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Your replies for the Wednesday Questions so far have been stellar. We've tackled guitar solos, basslines, live shows, artwork and more... but now for something a little different.

We want you to apply some forward thinking or humour to answer this question:

What will music be like in 2035?

Have some fun with it, or make serious predictions. It's up to you!

What will rock stars look like? Maybe ageing rockers like Keith Richards will still be going as a wrinkly cyborg, or Gene Simmons will live on as robot toy merchandise.

What format will we listen to music on? Perhaps streaming services are long gone, but what would come next?

What kind of instruments will rock bands use? Will guitars live on, and what technological improvements will they have? Infinite sustain, double distortion, or even brain control?

Most importantly, will dubstep finally be dead?!

We can't wait to see what kind of funny and creative replies you come up with. Place your ideas in the comments, and remember to upvote anything you like to get it on the chart on Friday.

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    Rolling Stones will be having their 25th Annual Farewell Tour
    Songs will be a thing of the past; instead there will just be frequencies that make you immediately jizz yourself and go into a euphoria-induced coma.
    Music will be illegal. Lars Ulrich will have copyrighted all musical notes/sounds/chords etc so nobody will be allowed to write songs anymore without breaking the law and getting sued by him. The only way to listen to music will be to go to secret gigs in the middle of the night in deserts and out at sea.
    Yngwie will sue us for downloading. But good guy Vai will be ok with that.
    Dunno a gig in the Desert late at night? I'd be up for that, dunno what I'd actually to in the UK, build an underground Club with access in the sewers? maybe
    Lulu will be a classic, and the charts will be spoken word metal. Called it here first.
    Im not good at predicting the future so I hope Marty mcfly will come and bring us that "new sound".
    Everyone on here today will hate it. everyone on here todays kids will love it. sinister isn't it
    I really don't think rock will change that much. if you look at some of the big rock bands of today and look at bands 25 years ago, the instruments barely changed. I bet a hugely popular musical genius will come along (cobain, Hendrix, slash, etc..) because those have came along several times in the past. alternative music might. get a little more electronic for better or worse, and pop will stay the course
    Beiber'll be a mother by then!
    I think there will be cycles just like anything, people are already starting to rebel against the auto-tune pop scene by embracing acts like Mumford & Sons, who are about as stripped down as music gets, just like they did as grunge was a rebellion against the 80's hair metal scene. Techno was popular in the 90's then faded out, just like dubstep will, and there will be a new kind after it. As for technology, we already have innovations out there such as the Fernandes sustainers that are quite fun, and the first 3D Printed guitar was just made as well, which is the biggest jump since Ovation made a fiberglass body. The next jump I think will be putting modelers inside guitars themselves, where you set it up on a computer, then just plug and play... (Looking at you Line 6 & Axe FX!) Technology keeps getting smaller and sounding more faithful, before long I think placing a "computer" in a guitar will be the next big paradigm shift, especially cost wise. Though there will still always be those that prefer the feel of a real amp.
    The Moog Guitar might be rediscovered creating orchestra-esque metal and rock. And what about a Moog guitar with an ebow, lol
    Funny you mention that, I was in Asheville last night at a 10 Years show and never knew until then that's where Moog is based out of.
    Hopefully tool will bring a new album.that's pretty much what i want in the future for now
    People will still be listening to the Beatles.
    Dude, did you notice that we posted the exact same comment word by word at the same time. This is some crazy crazy divine coincidence.
    His was 3 minutes earlier. you copied him. you are a moron
    STFU dude. You have no clue. Haven't you realized that when you post something up it does not immediately get posted. It takes minutes and you have to refresh the page. You are the moron. As a matter of fact I have nothing to prove to you.
    it's the return of 1920's swing music
    Already happening: It's called electro swing. Parov Stelar and Caravan Palace are basically leading the movement and it's been around for at least a decade, gaining some popularity in the past few years.
    Actually, now that you mention it, my dad showed me an electro-swing band a week or so ago on YouTube. Would be cool to see more of it. And there is always Diablo Swing Orchestra.
    It will mostly be over-synthesized, overproduced, auto-tuned crap, much like it is today.
    Those things will be out by then, music in 2035 will be worse!
    The good thing about the future is, you can't kill the metal. The metal will live on.
    If pop cuture has its way, one long note with some drooling idiot singing "heeeeerrrrppppp dddduuuuuhhhhheeeerrrrppppp" with maybe smacking a bucket for a beat.
    I don't know, but certainly we will have an aged Axl Rose being late for his diaper changes.
    Focusing more on music itself rather than the social circumstances surrounding it, I think we all have reason to be relatively optimistic. 2035 is 23 years from now, and considering that modern society doubles in information every second, the opportunities of sonic evolution are really endless. Personally, I'd like to see a return to the sophistication and artistry of the 19th century Romanticists, the last wave of which were perhaps the last real innovators in music (Scriabin, etc.) - not necessarily in the symphonic format, but at least further development on that level of artistry. I expect pop music to be as bland and as corporate driven as it has always been - that will never change. It will probably have finally lapsed out of a heavy electronica phase and into a chic retro-electronica fusion (which isn't far from what we are seeing now). But most real music fans will have finally given up hope on popular music at this point, and will hopefully stop bitching about these posterchildren and instead focus on the real music being shared, creating a rich community of musicians and listeners intent on learning from each other instead of bickering like little schoolgirls. The amount of sub-genres will have grown to hilarious numbers, and some will move to nix them entirely. Virtually every type of music we have available to us right now will have probably, at some point, cross-pollinated with every other type of music available to us right now. New sonic possibilities will be opened to us, perhaps even presenting music that works in a much more subliminal (sub-sonic, even?) level. Virtuosity the likes which we have never known will become quite common, I think. But most of all, I imagine in 2035 we will be asking - what will music be like in 2055? Our speculations will be as sparkle-eyed as they are now, and will hopefully fill the more ambitious of us musicians with a sense of experimental adventure. The possibility of sound, and the manipulation of vibration, is boundless as long as our minds remain boundless. Pop music will be worse in the future - because those whose minds are bound to rampant consumerism and surface-level concerns will not know how to make interesting music for us who care. But those that do care, and continue to create in spite of the dismal economic circumstance that will overcome the music industry , and realize that music is ART and LANGUAGE and NOT and industry, will craft some of the finest tunes we can't imagine. I look forward to the music of 2035 very much.
    "What kind of instruments will rock bands use?" Very similar to know I'd imagine. "Will guitars live on" Yes. "what technological improvements will they have? Infinite sustain" We have these, they're called Sustainiac Stealth Pro pickups. "even brain control?" Don't people like Justin Beiber and One Direction already do this to get all those 13 year old girls to like them? It seems that way. When looking at history you realise not much has changed really, pop was a dominant genre back in the times of The Beatles and still is, rock and metal was still relatively niche and to this day still is. Admittedly I'm only 18 so way too young to be correct about everything in this post.
    The beatles were technically rock. Especially their older stuff. Rock n' Roll I should say actually, which was still the youths music that parents hated.
    Hopefully the 80's metal scene will make another appearance in the music industry by then. Probably not though...
    Thom Yorke will be 67 then so I'm guessing it will be worse.
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    It will be exactly the same. Today's music has more to offer than just autotune and overproduction. You just need to know where to look.
    Nope. Only rap.
    nope. good music still exists in all genres (bar country). it would take a whole essay to summarise what music would be like in the future because of all the possibilities. you could say 'in my opinion, i would like music to be ...' and that could work, but then this post would be 'what would you like future music to be?' in my opinion, i would like music to have variety, not just one genre, but the metal scene should go a lot more progressive, like a mix between dream theater, TesseracT and meshuggah.
    I agree, I think music is actually at a high point atm. There's so many good new bands coming through, yet rather than seek it out people just listen to what's popular or "mainstream" and then complain about it. We live in a time where people have free unlimited access to pretty much every song ever written and yet still people complain and say there's no good music.
    Absolutely agree. I don't think the mainstream will change a lot, it'll probably consist the weirdest yet catchy tunes that can be made with the technology available at the time. As for the more undergrounds bands, awesome stuff will keep coming from everywhere as it does today with more people having the opportunity to put out an independent record. Labels will keep dying and most bands will put their efforts for free and sell the record to whoever wants to give money for it.
    I myself would like to see some kids making metal that isn't based around being "experimental" or "progressive". I understand the need to try and stand out, but when everyone tries to do it, it just sounds all the same. I think that progressive metal has it's place in the music realm, but not every band should strive for it. Nor should every band be simplistic. I just would like to hear bands emulating the sound of old school death metal and thrash. Especially since Bro-core, I mean, Death-core is the new standard for extreme metal. I would also like to see Dubstep go away.
    Every song ever made will have a dubstep remix
    Hah! That fad will most likely die out, much like the late 90's trance-pop boom (Cher-If you believe in love after love?)
    Well you'd be pretty naiive to think music will be the same as it is now, as our world becomes more and more increasly dependent on technology. Dubstep will be around in 2035. Right now, Dubstep appeals to the young population, so it'll still be around when we're all middle-aged adults. Same reason most of the classic rock bands are still around.
    Rock and Metal will be the only music with any talent.Pop will just be some loser lipsinking to computer made crap.
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    The question said "future", not "present". By the way, you missed out classical.
    Diony x
    Theres no music anymore to be heard from radio. It's just BOOMBOOOMBOOOMBOOM "played" by some dubstepcrazies. And also, we'll be waiting new GnR record.
    Billie Joe dies of alcohol poisoning onstage... Muse had they're space video project take a turn for the worst. They're dead... Serj Tankian becomes a president... Axel Rose is on time... No cd's, music stores, headphone cords.. and hoping for the death of Bieber, one errection, and nickleback.
    hopefully it will be just like Heavy Metal (the film, rock and roll and metal being the last genres standing and aliens and humans living in harmony, while pop will be frowned upon
    Perhaps Bieber will have actually come out of the closet by then. Perhaps Marilyn Manson has released a disco album by then. Perhaps Axl Rose will finally release the masters for Chinese Democracy. Perhaps Metallica will stand on tables in the elderly homes. Perhaps Tom Araya will headbang again, for the fun of it. Perhaps it doesn't really matter. Perhaps it will be fun. All I can predict is this: One Direction will have left the mainstream by then.
    As much as I hate to say it, Dubstep will probably get it's full reign.
    Why do so many people hate dubstep? Some dubstep songs I've heard are some of the most complex compositions I've ever heard. Skrillex and dubstep are NOT synonymous. There is more. There are good songs. Dubstep as a genre has given me some of the most head-bangable music I've ever head-banged to! That is a plus, for me. It's aggressive, like the genres of rock and metal before it. The only reasons for dubstep's sheer hatred upon it that I can fathom are: a) It not being able to be played live, instead usually being just the programmer pressing spacebar and standing there with minimal input throughout the song. b) Jumping on the bandwagon of tons of people who hate it, being just as bad as pop-music fans; It's popular to hate dubstep for the sole reason that others hate it, akin to pop being liked for the sole reason that others like it. I admit that I do not follow any dubstep artists individually, but if I end up hearing some dubstep in passing, I usually am able to enjoy it.
    To me, it's simply because i don't enjoy listening to it. Though, the whole "you can't play it live, just, hit the spacebar and stand there for a while" thing bugs me a little bit...
    I don't hate Dubstep. I actually really enjoy listening to Dubstep, there are some pretty cool songs that have come out of it. my problem with it, is that I don't really consider it a music genre, sure, it still has notes and time signatures. But it's played on a laptop, and the artist merely adds different noises and loops to make a song. I don't mind when people play it at parties and such, but I just don't like it when artists like Skrillex receive "Best New Artist" awards, when I barely even consider him a musical artist.
    I have a feeling that pop music in 2035 will sound like auto-tuned infant gargles with repetitive techno kick drums and one or two note snyth lines behind it... oh wait, that's pop music in 2012.
    Music has always been about bringing old things back, dubstep is the new techno just like goth is the new punk, so we will just have more variations of the same thing.