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(Vice)   Please step forward if you have a job that will not be taken over by robots. Not so fast, musicians   (motherboard.vice.com) divider line 60
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2014-05-14 07:45:42 PM  
This only applies to pop musicians. Real musicians aren't really popular because of the music.
 
2014-05-14 07:50:59 PM  
Uhhhh....

images.intomobile.com

We replaced musicians with recordings in 1877.
 
2014-05-14 07:52:42 PM  
 
2014-05-14 08:11:12 PM  
c1.staticflickr.com
lol, wut?
 
2014-05-14 08:14:23 PM  
davidduffin.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-14 08:22:35 PM  

doglover: Real musicians aren't really popular because of the music.


Are they popular because of their ability to trash hotel rooms?
 
2014-05-14 08:24:04 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-05-14 08:48:11 PM  
No robot would want my job

/probably stick their dick in a light socket just so they didn't have to deal with Aughra the Receptionist
 
2014-05-14 08:57:43 PM  
www.giantfreakinrobot.com
 
2014-05-14 09:12:42 PM  
Well, considering what most people choose to listen to.

"It's great because it's popular, and it's popular because it's great!"
 
2014-05-14 09:14:35 PM  
Pop music is crap anyway so...this is probably an improvement.
 
2014-05-14 09:18:22 PM  
no shiat.  every other job has had its efficiency increase exponentially with technology. Using the same tool someone used 300 years ago the same way ain't exactly a recipe for success.
 
2014-05-14 09:18:57 PM  
Right, because so many musicians have been replaced by Apple's Logic Pro already...
 
2014-05-14 09:20:10 PM  
The hidden secret behind automation is that is needs someone to make corrections from time to time so if you know how to be that guy, you have a job.
 
2014-05-14 09:22:09 PM  
No robot could ever be a drummer, because robots have too much pride and self respect.
 
2014-05-14 09:26:23 PM  
No robot could possibly be as bad a musician as I am, so I'm safe.
 
2014-05-14 09:28:04 PM  
www.futurama-madhouse.com.ar
 
2014-05-14 09:31:25 PM  
MaudlinMutantMollusk:
/probably stick their dick in a light socket just so they didn't have to deal with Aughra the Receptionist

One of my first "real" jobs we had a department secretary who was a stuck up (but smokin hot) biatch.  She would have nothing to do with anyone but the president of the company.  When she turned in her 2 week notice we planned a party, and made sure she knew she wasn't invited.
 
2014-05-14 09:39:59 PM  

some_beer_drinker: [c1.staticflickr.com image 500x360]
lol, wut?


I nearly lul'd a lung up, you farker
 
2014-05-14 09:40:13 PM  

skinink: No robot could ever be a drummer, because robots have too much pride and self respect.


Actually, it isn't the pride.

Robots can stay in time and won't get drunk and try to fark your girlfriend.
 
2014-05-14 09:40:56 PM  

Dimensio: [www.giantfreakinrobot.com image 578x250]


bogus
 
2014-05-14 09:40:58 PM  
img4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-05-14 09:41:27 PM  
I love these musical "robots"...too bad it looks like we won't be seeing any more from the originators:
dvdmedia.ign.com
 
2014-05-14 09:42:05 PM  

PillsHere: [img4.wikia.nocookie.net image 700x528]


It's The Cowboy!
 
2014-05-14 09:42:24 PM  

dr_blasto: skinink: No robot could ever be a drummer, because robots have too much pride and self respect.

Actually, it isn't the pride.

Robots can stay in time and won't get drunk and try to fark your girlfriend.


They do have an unfortunate tendency to spontaneously burst into flames, though
 
2014-05-14 09:44:03 PM  
twelvereasonswhy.com
 
2014-05-14 09:46:00 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: dr_blasto: skinink: No robot could ever be a drummer, because robots have too much pride and self respect.

Actually, it isn't the pride.

Robots can stay in time and won't get drunk and try to fark your girlfriend.

They do have an unfortunate tendency to spontaneously burst into flames, though


So do drummers.
 
2014-05-14 09:53:47 PM  

dr_blasto: MaudlinMutantMollusk: dr_blasto: skinink: No robot could ever be a drummer, because robots have too much pride and self respect.

Actually, it isn't the pride.

Robots can stay in time and won't get drunk and try to fark your girlfriend.

They do have an unfortunate tendency to spontaneously burst into flames, though

So do drummers.


That would be my point

/such as it is
 
2014-05-14 09:53:51 PM  
Well sure, performers will eventually be obsolete, but human songwriters and composers will forever be superior to machines.
 
2014-05-14 10:04:18 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: dr_blasto: MaudlinMutantMollusk: dr_blasto: skinink: No robot could ever be a drummer, because robots have too much pride and self respect.

Actually, it isn't the pride.

Robots can stay in time and won't get drunk and try to fark your girlfriend.

They do have an unfortunate tendency to spontaneously burst into flames, though

So do drummers.

That would be my point

/such as it is


I'm glad we can come to an anticlimactic agreement.
 
2014-05-14 10:09:42 PM  

dr_blasto: I'm glad we can come to an anticlimactic agreement.


Heh

/I have a talent for anticlimactic
//and I'm sure there are several women who will vouch for that
 
2014-05-14 10:27:55 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: No robot would want my job

/probably stick their dick in a light socket just so they didn't have to deal with Aughra the Receptionist


If I get replaced by a robot they'll prolly make me design it and if that's the case then the receptionist should ask for a code review.
 
2014-05-14 10:35:49 PM  

dragonchild: Well, considering what most people choose to listen to.

"It's great because it's popular, and it's popular because it's great!"


That's not how pop music works. There's a science behind it, and a pretty exact/firm one, even if it's not 80's hair metal, or indie-hipster, or Metallica, or Bob Dylan, or The Eagles, or Classical, or whatever it is that was pop at one point and you got hooked on but now is 'better' than pop.

People don't listen to stuff because it's popular, it's popular because they listen to it. And they listen to it for some interesting reasons, most of which they're not aware of.  If you'd stop shiatting on stuff you don't like and google it, it's pretty cool.
 
2014-05-14 10:40:14 PM  

kroonermanblack: dragonchild: Well, considering what most people choose to listen to.

"It's great because it's popular, and it's popular because it's great!"

That's not how pop music works. There's a science behind it, and a pretty exact/firm one, even if it's not 80's hair metal, or indie-hipster, or Metallica, or Bob Dylan, or The Eagles, or Classical, or whatever it is that was pop at one point and you got hooked on but now is 'better' than pop.

People don't listen to stuff because it's popular, it's popular because they listen to it. And they listen to it for some interesting reasons, most of which they're not aware of.  If you'd stop shiatting on stuff you don't like and google it, it's pretty cool.


sure it is specific. It is quantized and layered sound designed to match certain biorhythms and not have any one thing stand out. It is white noise with a beat. It certainly isn't art, it isn't original and it isn't really music so much as it is just another waveform.
 
2014-05-14 10:57:59 PM  
Brian Eno has done work in eliminating composers.

Meanwhile we have a hundred thousand kids brute forcing the population space of electronic composition.

So, learn a bit of acting and choreography, because simply playing an instrument competently hasn't been enough since The Beatles broke up.
 
kab
2014-05-14 11:17:55 PM  
What do you mean, 'will be', subby?

kroonermanblack: People don't listen to stuff because it's popular, it's popular because they listen to it.


wftamireading.jpg
 
2014-05-14 11:30:20 PM  
Well, judging by Hatsune Miku's voice, I'd say Vocaloid technology still has a ways to go before singers need to worry.
 
2014-05-14 11:42:00 PM  
Bring on android replicants of Stones, Beatles, etc 1960's versions so we don't have to look at wrinkly ones

/we're trying to recapture our yoof, not be reminded that we're old
 
2014-05-15 12:03:47 AM  
if(man.silhouetto.size=='small'){scaramouche.do(fandango);if(thunderbo lt&&lightning){me.frightened=true}}
 
2014-05-15 12:04:57 AM  
I pretty much fix robots for a living. I figure, worse case scenario, i can just transition to fixing the robots that are developed to fix the robots i used to fix.
 
2014-05-15 12:12:25 AM  

mjjt: Bring on android replicants of Stones, Beatles, etc 1960's versions so we don't have to look at wrinkly ones

/we're trying to recapture our yoof, not be reminded that we're old


Ha, The Fabricated Four.
 
2014-05-15 12:30:26 AM  
Architects, unite!.

Also, speaking of robot bands:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-05-15 12:33:13 AM  

skinink: No robot could ever be a drummer, because robots have too much pride and self respect.


I thought it was the bass player that was the lowest form of life in the band.
 
2014-05-15 12:39:07 AM  
I'll listen to Powerhouse during the funeral march for the robot marionette.
 
2014-05-15 12:57:20 AM  

wildcardjack: mjjt: Bring on android replicants of Stones, Beatles, etc 1960's versions so we don't have to look at wrinkly ones

/we're trying to recapture our yoof, not be reminded that we're old

Ha, The Fabricated Four.


They tried that once

/see "The Knack"
//ok.. maybe that was more prefabricated
 
2014-05-15 01:13:21 AM  
musically.com
 
2014-05-15 01:38:03 AM  

h2ogate:


First thing I thought of too.

/those damn kids are on the lawn again
 
2014-05-15 01:38:03 AM  

Skyrmion: Well, judging by Hatsune Miku's voice, I'd say Vocaloid technology still has a ways to go before singers need to worry.


I dunno, man. Miku sounds just as good as some of today's pop stars with all the autotune and vocal effects in use.
 
2014-05-15 01:39:14 AM  
Every time somebody mentions computers taking over jobs, I just have to think back to the last time the machinery at work screwed up and needed a human hand to fix it. Take over? Not likely.

We'll be working side by side for a while yet.
 
2014-05-15 01:51:17 AM  
This wouldn't be too hard, to be honest. Writing the music is largely mechanical anyway. Pick four chords(usually the same ones), put a verse together with a finite number of syllables per line, four lines, then lay out in a pattern of verse, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus, chorus. 

I'm confident that someone could manage to write something with a computer alone that could be considered a musical best-seller.
 
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