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Orchestral Revolution!

Ask anyone in the know about trends in music technology, and the reply will probably contain the word ‘democratised’. DAW software has democratised music recording. Affordable analogue synths have democratised electronic music. Streaming has democratised music distribution. And so on.

Dig deeper and things become more complicated — if the music industry is so dSam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.Sam Inglis, SOS Editor In Chief.Photo: J.G. Hardingemocratic, why are so many successful artists privately educated? — but the general pattern is clear, and clearest of all in the world of orchestral music. Thirty years ago, the idea that anyone with a computer would be able to create plausible recordings of symphonic music would have seemed laughable. Today, schools up and down the land make the tools available to their students for free.

This can be seen as the latest stage in a long process of making classical...

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