Moira Gunn recently interviewed Michel Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. about how they have incorporated technology into their music.
Well there really wasn’t a lot of technology to be thought about when we started. You plugged your amps in and you plugged your guitars into that and hopefully your microphone worked and that was it.
R.E.M. was making music just like our stone age ancestors with only amplifiers, electric guitars, and microphones.
Alan Kay defined technology as “anything that was invented after you were born.” Danny Hillis defined it as “everything that doesn’t work yet.” So if you were born after the invention of amplifiers, electric guitars, and microphones, these reliable technologies aren’t technology.