TOP 20 Inventions that CHANGED Music

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In this episode I countdown the TOP 20 INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED MUSIC.
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Michael Barrow
Michael Barrow 5 саат мурун
I would like to suggest that the drum was probably the first and most important fundamental musical instrument and communication tool ever invented. The drum beat is the heart beat that keeps us all alive, and forms the core of song and every group’ s sound.
Les Chortos
Les Chortos 7 саат мурун
Most did not change music just how it was stored and distributed .
also bass. Microphones and 6-string bass guitars are the bread on my butter
Awesome list! I would definitely include microphones though
Alan R
Alan R 13 саат мурун
... The metronome
Enrique Gonzalez
Enrique Gonzalez 13 саат мурун
My top 5: 5. Magnetic Tape 4. Radio 3. Keyboard 2. Phonograph 1. Musical notation
Misha Gelenava
Misha Gelenava 13 саат мурун
You had huge emphasis on what influenced the spread of music, but I'd put stuff that influenced creation of music in higher positions. I like that you had music notations at number 1, but piano/keyboard would be my number 2.
antonios nikolaros
antonios nikolaros 15 саат мурун
Mr Beato ... did you confuse AD with BC ?! Or is my english not good enough? Beacouse it does not give sense, when it comes to music notes. You write 1400 Bc (??) Pythagoras descover's them much later. What notes you mean then? Also Guthenberg was in AD first time printing, not 1400 BC. So I am confused. Anyway - I loved it again. Thank very much ! I think you missed the NR 1 !! That can only be the envention of the notes on a string, by Pythangoras !!! What else could it be ? Don'tyou think? No Pythagoras - no musical written ups, downs, paralleles, dividing, counting .. no scales, no nothing ... just great sound - but no musical notes and the meaning behind it. Mr.Beato,pls correct me. Thanks again.
Wessex Blades and Bushcraft
Wessex Blades and Bushcraft 16 саат мурун
Tim Owens
Tim Owens 16 саат мурун
T.A. James
T.A. James 17 саат мурун
The electric bass guitar was a major game changer.
ytrichardsenior 18 саат мурун
I think quite obviously you're missing 'the semiconductor industry', in particular transistors and integrated circuits. Without which we wouldn't have computers on which protools would run or synthesizers or compact discs.. etc.
Steve Brischler
Steve Brischler 20 саат мурун
Your brother probably said something to do with the silicon chip or even the transistor. Both key to shrinking electronics. The vacuum tube was key and started the ball rolling.
Brian H
Brian H Күн мурун
Fairlight CMI - LinnDrum - Electric Bass - Atari ST. All had a major impact.
Cave Johnson
Cave Johnson Күн мурун
the cellulon triptometer
the cellulon triptometer Күн мурун
Working out changed with the Walkman and headphones. People would go out running sure, but today everyone running is listening to songs. I remember the first time I went running listening to fast loud music and feeling like it was a drug.
Stefan Le Mottee
Stefan Le Mottee Күн мурун
Great list, but the microphone is a massive ommision ! :)
Walter Rodrigues
Walter Rodrigues Күн мурун
Whistle, the only instrument everyone can play.
Frank Edgar
Frank Edgar Күн мурун
What happened with synthesizers?
Justin Crippen
Justin Crippen Күн мурун
Glebe Digital
Glebe Digital Күн мурун
Great vid. I was going to suggest the cat-gut string, but what about the invention of temperament? Without the 'well-tempered scale' you can forget ALL music from circa 1600 onwards. :)
Buteo Fulesen
Buteo Fulesen Күн мурун
Can you do the same thing but for people that was important for the change of music. But not related to the inventions. And to your #1. As one that don't want to read notes( you know what i mean) Many cultures have strong cultures of passing down culture (music), and expression there of. Where notations is less important. I would give it a number two or three
Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams Күн мурун
What about electricity! hahaha. Great list. I like your lists!!!!
Antony Dick
Antony Dick Күн мурун
Great video... Also I think multi tracking made a big impact on music...
MacEricG Күн мурун
🎼 I said musical notation would be #1. 😁
Ron Damiani Jr.
Ron Damiani Jr. Күн мурун
How about electricity? Definitely changed music for all time.
Steven Carinci
Steven Carinci Күн мурун
The Fender electric bass guitar altered the sound of popular music. In essence created modern rock 'n' roll.
Yessi Kristianto
Yessi Kristianto Күн мурун
You guys left out the Metronome! without it we wouldn't be able to quantify tempo and had to rely on approximations like adagio, andante, moderato, allegro and so forth! The metronome has to at least make it to the top 5!
John Peace
John Peace Күн мурун
Changing music since when? Most of the more recent things are small fragments of the major inventions. Types of media are unimportant. the invention of recording tape and then digital recording as a whole removes several items. The main list is: 1. Recording technology altogether. Scribing sound onto a wax cylinder 2. the electric microphone, which allowed dynamics far below those of acoustic horns 3. amplification 4. magnetic tape 5. electric guitar 6. multitracking 7. the moog 8. drum machine 9. digital sampling 10. digital recording/audio manipulation There is nowhere left to go now. Everything conceivable is possible
Redjac Emory
Redjac Emory Күн мурун
IMHO too many of them were just different mediums for conveying information. I also think maybe you should've specified "modern music" in the title. :)
jfv65 2 күн мурун
I actually guessed the #1 and so i agee. But i miss the invention of the synthesizer in this list. First analog, then digital. Synthetic sounds opened up so many new posibilities in music. It's an awesome invention worthy of being included in the list.
mark drum
mark drum 2 күн мурун
How about screwdrivers? Link Wray used one to pierce the drivers in his guitar cabinet. It was the introduction of distortion to rock and roll.
Andy Basic
Andy Basic 2 күн мурун
Dave Roberts
Dave Roberts 2 күн мурун
More and more like heavy pop .
Robert Powell
Robert Powell 2 күн мурун
I think you missed a few key inventions, such as the foundational instruments: percussion, strings, horns, reed instruments, etc. You are too focused on modern technological inventions, but so many inventions came into being long before the USPTO (and you and I) existed.
Occor Omrelap
Occor Omrelap 2 күн мурун
One comment on Notation and music - it is the only worldwide and international common "language".
waldmeister0815 2 күн мурун
MP3 Thank you, Fraunhofer institute. Napster and the iPod would not be there without you.
Tom Semioli's KNOW YOUR BASS PLAYER 2 күн мурун
Whoa, where is the electric bass? It's not an "electric guitar!"
Justin Williamson
Justin Williamson 2 күн мурун
Microphone, metal strings, war, culture, sex, government
nospam3001 3 күн мурун
Standardized tuning?
Matthew Flowers
Matthew Flowers 3 күн мурун
I think yall put together an excellent list! Throughout the enrtire video I kept thinking "how the hell is hat not number one?" but after each progressive item the thought became "They're not wrong, I can agree with that!".
H. Hemphill
H. Hemphill 3 күн мурун
Certainly in modern music, electronically produced sound and music has had a tremendous impact. Look at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, the theremins, the later works of Don Ellis, the Moog Synthesizer and other analog synthesizers, and the digital synthesizers with DSP technology.
Patrick 3 күн мурун
MTV and the music video?
Thiago Menini
Thiago Menini 3 күн мурун
I think in the violin. A instrument that define one entire family of sounds. And by the extension of the octaves it reach, one entire style of write music for the orquestra was made and developed by 400 years.
Fredrick Smith
Fredrick Smith 3 күн мурун
Hey Rick, what about the comb and wax paper to make a kazoo. Also the jews harp. What about that knock that says "shave and a haircut dun dun" wasn't that the invention of rythm ? This is fun. I'll get back later with some more as I think them up.
Fredrick Smith
Fredrick Smith 3 күн мурун
Don't forget about autotune and tik tok which allows non-musicians with no apparent talent to become instant stars.
Fredrick Smith
Fredrick Smith 3 күн мурун
Don't forget about the invention of the roadie!
Christian Boudreau
Christian Boudreau 3 күн мурун
I admit I hadn't thought of musical notation and the printing press before you two brought it up. I completely agree with it being No. 1 on the list. However, I just happened to be discussing this with a fellow music lover the other day, asking her to imagine living in a time before recorded music, i.e. the phonograph, and she said "I don't wanna. So sad!" Awesome job putting that list together, Rick and Rhett, and who am I to question it, but for me, the recording of music has to come in at No. 2.
Roderick Bauer
Roderick Bauer 3 күн мурун
Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1846. Few instruments were invented by one person.
Anthony Rebock
Anthony Rebock 3 күн мурун
Chirmany ...rules again
gillmanjr87 3 күн мурун
I guess the internet and computers did change music but I would argue that they have ultimately been detrimental to music, at least to the quality of music. You could argue they make music more accessible to more people but I’m not even sure that’s necessarily true.
Jeremy Barber
Jeremy Barber 3 күн мурун
I still have my original iPod brick
Leonardo Dutra
Leonardo Dutra 3 күн мурун
The list is not about music, but about the music industry. The two things are always confused.
Guilherme Augusto
Guilherme Augusto 3 күн мурун
Great list and history of music class. Thanks.
PinkNGrey 3 күн мурун
Emotion, although not an invention, but a God-given attribute of a person on one's free choice, is the biggest if not the most important factor why music is created in the first place.
Dumpy Goodness
Dumpy Goodness 2 күн мурун
1 emotion might not be an INVENTION....but what humans did with it RE MUSIC AND SONG AND LYRICS....does count as an invention! 2 I'd argue emotion like ALL things...IS an "invention" invention of NATURE. BEATO said nothing about it having to be MAN-made, did he?
Jube Lang
Jube Lang 3 күн мурун
I was screaming, “what about notation!” And then you pulled through - pretty good list
G T 4 күн мурун
Hey I was waiting for the Microphone! What gives?
Harry Hoesch
Harry Hoesch 4 күн мурун
[Hammond Organ/Leslie Speaker/B3]
Matías Guiraldes
Matías Guiraldes 4 күн мурун
What about mics and amplification?!?
flibber123 4 күн мурун
Sometime in the past, long before recorded history, some cave person bonked another cave person on the head with a rock and liked the sound. Music was born that day.
poundcakeshuffle 4 күн мурун
I am not sure of the impact on music, but the kazoo was the first instrument for a lot of us.
Pomoz7 4 күн мурун
Brilliant video, I really enjoyed it. I think the itunes store and the concept of buying music online was far more important than the ipod which was just a walkman on roids. The itunes store gave people access to music they would never get a chance to listen to. People could browse for hours and listen to snippets of albums they didn't even know existed. They could hear a song on the radio, go online and buy it and then explore the artists entire catalogue. That was virtually impossible before, even the best record stores had limited stock and listening booths. Before the itunes store, you could only but a single or an album, now you could buy a track off an album. This changed the way people brought music and made music more accessible to everybody.
Leo Post
Leo Post 4 күн мурун
Speaking of Les Paul, I would have thought multi track recording would make the list. More importantly though you forgot the wall of Marshall Stacks.
Darrylizer1 4 күн мурун
Great list but I would put midi higher in the order maybe. Fun stuff!
Paul K
Paul K 4 күн мурун
Can’t believe MIDI made it to the list, but the synthesizer didn’t. What did they connect the first MIDI keyboards to?
TheBarf 4 күн мурун
I don't think you guys specifically pointed out sound on sound recording.
Keith Jones
Keith Jones 4 күн мурун
I would like to see this with a differentiated approach between music creation and music consumption.
Anthony Franco
Anthony Franco 4 күн мурун
You forgot to mention the Big Bang. Just kidding...but what about the synthesizer?
Fernando de Lima Lopes
Fernando de Lima Lopes 4 күн мурун
I was really worried musical notation wasn't gonna be here until the very end
Stuart Kinzel
Stuart Kinzel 4 күн мурун
The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll is a really interesting book to read.
Chris O'Brien
Chris O'Brien 4 күн мурун
The FZ1 was also used on the theme song for Green Acres
JUST ME 4 күн мурун
How about" the human need of communication"
ken carter
ken carter 4 күн мурун
Great video, I just don't like the CD being on the list. Magnetic tape and LP makes sense, i think iPod was a much larger impact i feel. The CD was just a better option than a cassette, but did it really change Music it self did it give a lot more over the cassette?? Streaming music i think would make more sense to be there than the CD. Heck, drugs (LSD) would be a better option than the CD.
Steve O.
Steve O. 4 күн мурун
can't believe you forgot the tuba :)
kyle innes
kyle innes 4 күн мурун
how's about electricity
Charles Salzman
Charles Salzman 5 күн мурун
I was wondering where notation was going to end up.
Mr. Teff
Mr. Teff 5 күн мурун
Napster: I never thought about this before, but when people can pirate music, how can a studio make money? Answer: sexy videos.
Dumpy Goodness
Dumpy Goodness 3 күн мурун
we fans want to give ALL the money to the BANDS......NOT their label, NOT their managers, etc etc. AND THE INDUSTRY is still fucking this model up, so they get a cut.
Dumpy Goodness
Dumpy Goodness 3 күн мурун
Napster wasn't the problem. SLOOOWWWWWWWWW response by the bands and industry was. ex: do you think U2 and Metallica fans REFUSE TO GIVE MONEY TO THE BAND, if they can get it all free? Back in my day, you could just RECORD THE SONG OFF THE RADIO.....easy! Yet we STILL went out and BOUGHT THE SINGLE, to own it. (Add great artwork and of course we're buying the PHYSICAL product.) THE PROBLEM is, if you make it EASIER for consumers to get music.... the SUITS (fat cat record labels that paid the Beatles or Pink Floyd 10 CENTS for every $10 album sold!)........LOSE. This mess was not an accident.
Michael Westbrook
Michael Westbrook 5 күн мурун
This is great. I would add MTV to this list, though. It changed everything in the '80s and made people's careers.
xuser48 5 күн мурун
Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem is the key to digital music (and video).
Bryan Leggo
Bryan Leggo 5 күн мурун
On second thought, shouldn't the electronic pick-up (transducer) be just one big invention for almost any musical instrument?
Andreas Wettergren
Andreas Wettergren 5 күн мурун
I don't agree the iPod should have been on the list, it's not the first mp3 player, and not the first mp3 player with a hard drive. Probably the first hard drive mp3 player that was compact enough to be really practical though. It would be cool with a timeline of inventions, and how they led to the others. Some or all of these are probably mentioned in other comments, but here are a few that might be considered. Probably impossible to determine the first instrument, but here are a few early ones: Claves (Not exactly, but banging two sticks together has to have been a pretty early instrument) Leaf/bilu bullroarer Flute Drum Musical bow Horn ... Then in more modern times (mostly computer related and they tie in to one another, so maybe too far removed from music, not in any order): Woodwind instruments Brass instruments Harp Lyre Lute Viola Spanish/Acoustic guitar Punch cards Difference engine Boolean logic ENIAC Programming language Microphone Loudspeaker Vacuum tube/valve (should have been higher, no electronic computers without them) Nyquist-Shannon theorem Semiconductor/transistor/IC AD/DA converters Digital signal processing Mellotron Sampler Drum machine Analog Synthesizer Digital Synthesizer Control Voltage Auto tune (like it or not, this has had huge impact) And many more of course, this could be a very long list...
BryTee 4 күн мурун
I thought some more.... Prior to my MP3 player, I remember I also had a CD MP3 player (sometime between 1994 and 1996 based on where I lived), but it could only have a little over 200 tracks on a CD. My point is going from the Sony Walkman playing cassettes to then playing CDs, and onto MP3-CDs to MP3 players was just a progressive transition, each step getting more and more music to be stored. iPod was just one of the steps. It didn't need a spot in the top 20.
BryTee 4 күн мурун
I agree about the iPod. I had an MP3 player before 2000, and I remember when the iPod came out it had that cool circle touch control, but I remember how it had less songs that could be on it compared to my MP3 player. But that's apple's strategy, still is, make something not as good as what nerdy people already have, but make it look cool, an improved user interface, and a big ad campaign = sell lots of them, so everyone thinks they were first!
Slicer Gears
Slicer Gears 5 күн мурун
Diatonic scale? Perhaps it was more of an evolution though.
Herr Unsinn
Herr Unsinn 5 күн мурун
Certainly pizza should be number 11. 😅 😂 🤣
cbashe 5 күн мурун
I'd love to see the top 20 inventions that were invented to change music. Obviously the Fuzz Pedal and magnetic tape would be in there but not social media or the internet.
zwz • zdenek
zwz • zdenek 5 күн мурун
I have very little regard for the iPod. I remember how the shelves were full of various MP3 players that were compatible with clean Windows and could readily play what you had. Then came this weird oversized thing that was worse in every technical aspect, but had a strong marketing force behind it eventually fooling most people into forgetting the rest. If the iPod ever helped music, it was by stifling the (unpaid) sharing.
Jason Scovel
Jason Scovel 5 күн мурун
Data compression algorithms?
Robby Poole
Robby Poole 5 күн мурун
I agree with number 1, but what about the metronome?
RFDlic 5 күн мурун
I also never used napster (after 1994, when you get punished for)
JJ 5 күн мурун
Bring back the iPod Classic and make it a 500 GB SSD.
Raffaele Angius
Raffaele Angius 5 күн мурун
Thank you for this Rick, big time. Tho I was a bit disappointed that you didn't talk about Mp3 and the whole compression thing, which set the foundation of some things you talked about (Napster and iPod, which wasn't the first Mp3 player and kinda changed only the design of it).
Leszek Nagooglach
Leszek Nagooglach 6 күн мурун
Rick Beato is missing from the list, obviously...
Mechanoid 57
Mechanoid 57 6 күн мурун
I think electricity should be in there somewhere! Try pro tools on an abacus! 😉
Sharky 6 күн мурун
sazaraki 6 күн мурун
About your Top 10... A bunch of moons ago, Comedy Central did a "top 100 comedians of all time" . . . you could argue about the order, but without even watching, anyone that's been around a while could name who they are: Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams. Arguing about the order is really just down to splitting hairs. May as well be arguing about your favorite color. The order of your top 10 is fine.
Carlos Allende
Carlos Allende 6 күн мурун
Number one on your list, is the right choice, I was thinking the whole time this video was listing things off, what with the earliest recodings of music, that notation has to have been the most influential, and was so pleased you reached the same logical conclusion.
drumbyte 6 күн мурун
#0 Electricity!
Nelson Montana
Nelson Montana 6 күн мурун
Sounds like they've officially run out of topics. This one actually could have been decent but it's like they didn't even bother giving it much thought.
Zac III Dabon
Zac III Dabon 6 күн мурун
I thought it was the microphone
Jeffrey Olenick
Jeffrey Olenick 6 күн мурун
Glad the professor stepped in because I think there's some serious recency bias in this list and notation had to be #1. Still missing things like the invention of the drums/drum set, orchestras, string instruments in general...all the things that laid the very foundations for what music is now.
gs032009 6 күн мурун
Iwas relieved, for a moment as I listened to top 5 I though you might possibly miss Notation!! But you didn't, good job, Rick. What about: the invention of stringed instruments? Electricity/dynamos? If you think it through you realise that most of the technology you mentioned derives or is enabled by electricity!
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