Until the mid-20th century, sounds have always been created with physical objects. But back in 1944, an Egyptian student named Halim El-Dabh changed all that, making a recording on a thin steel wire, and then processing it with techniques that have since become canon, like reverb and re-recording.

The piece he composed from these techniques, The Expression of Zaar (sometimes Wire Recorder Piece), is one of the first known pieces of electroacoustic music. While the technology was much more cumbersome back then, we’ve made major advances in the technology since. Now, digital software can be used to create a theoretically limitless number of melodies and sounds, simple and complex.

Sound is used anywhere from music, to film, to television and video games. Sound design, the art of curating, preparing, and manipulating sound with any tools necessary, is an essential part of media production.

Sound designers generally work in these industries, and are usually distinguished from audio engineers and electronic composers/performers. However, their presence in the music industry is becoming more and more prominent. Sound designers can work with other musicians to fully execute their vision, or fly solo to create new and unique aesthetics.

Of course, artists like The Chainsmokers, Daft Punk, and Cashmere Cat have made successful careers for themselves blurring the lines between sound design and performance, employing different tricks and techniques to make a space for their vision.

Of course to create great music, it is vital that one uses the right tools. Here are some ways you can stay up-to-date with the latest technologies:

Sound Design and Programming Courses