Computers make amazingly good and cheap synthesizers these days. After much faff, I got Rosegarden working on my netbook. The test files play Bach in orchestral voices and sound gorgeous. One day I’ll make it play something myself more complicated than a doorbell.
So this is having the obvious effect: Broadway musicians being made redundant by synthesizers. It’s purely for financial reasons, and not like Frank Zappa recording his classical albums by Synclavier so as not to have to deal with musicians. Bless their little hearts.
I’ll tell you, Turkmenbashi wouldn’t have stood for this for a moment.