I've been somewhat intrigued by this Orange Amp that's also a PC. I say intrigued, mostly I'm not sure why you would ever need the two combined, and I have no idea if it's any more than a ostentatious way of lugging a laptop around the world, and a slightly smarter way of recording an amp?! http://www.orangeopc.com/
It got me thinking about the possibilities of modern technology to evolve music and I started looking to see if there was anything on the horizon which was already changing the ways in which music is created and performed.
Obviously, at the turn of the century there was the revolution in home-recording software, and we've obviously seen the fall-out of what being able to record at home has done - for better or worse - to music. There's also the ways in which people are using computers and backing track triggers to enhance live shows, and how wireless guitars and mics have unburdened some musicians, but in general, it seems like a lot of live music has suffered from ways in which technology now allows people to 'cheat' or I'll stab myself in the eyes before I go see another dude stood behind a laptop bouncing his head a little bit.... The iPad was meant to 'change everything' but I've not really seen people use it for much more than a glorified tenori-on or as a chaos pad sort of thing. And somewhat hideous seeming things like this: http://www.ionaudio.com/products/details/allstarguitar
...And of course there was The Dube http://drownedinsound.com/news/4138948-dion-dublin-invents-his-own-instrument-seriously
Other than the electric guitar and the synth...
i) what for you were the major technological shifts which enhanced and evolved music (in the studio or on the stage)?
ii) is there anything that you've seen in the past few year or two that makes you excited for the future?