Written by Zaque Eyn “…But this new DIY’er mentality will flourish beyond just hacking something old and repurposing it. We will see albums people can actually play, instead of simply listening to them. It’s been done before, but has yet to be fully tapped into, because for so long the major labels have been scared to embrace anything new beyond what they already know. As we see more computer and electrical engineers tapping into their creative side, we will see more unique music listening opportunities. Things like playable CD cases, or playable posters, and even video flyers that show your music video in full. This is the DIY music hacker, and we will see them flourish in the years to come. It will go beyond being able to play the album, or create your own music with their included creations as well. The DIY music hacker will create new ways of listing to, and experiencing music, entirely. They will start to create and improve upon things like earth boxes. Earth boxes, will be something in the realm of music devices harnessing the power of the earth. For instance, when an earth box is placed outside and the wind blows over it, it will start to play a song from their, or your, album, in public, all on it’s own with no batteries required. This is not a fantasy I am speaking of, it’s already a reality; one we will start to experience more of very soon. And once we experience something like this for ourselves, its mesmerizing, hypnotic architecture will still our ears for years to come. The expression will no longer just be stop and smell the roses, it will be stop and enjoy the music.” taken from the book, Mastering The Music Business: Creative Empowerment; “It” Factor in the Music Industry The Muisc Hacker is the future of the music industry and we will see this trend start to become the norm in the next 3-5 years. People and fans no longer want a listen only experience, they want a full blown sensory experience outside of traditional concert venues and shows. We can see this trend happening currently with the advent of new technologies such as Moldovers playable CD Jewel Case (Circut Board CD), and DIY projects utilizing Arduinos as foundations for the project. More and more we are starting to see, not only playable albums, but a culture wanting to get more involved with the artists music and the question is becoming, how do we as artists create a viable means of expression out of our control? The answer is one of complication in our craft. As artists we want control over our music, but we also want people to enjoy our music. And there in lies the problem; to enjoy music now a days to fans means being able to download the album for free, being able to re-mix the album, or really experience the album. Like anything new in technology, we are scared to embrace anything until enough people have proven it works, and by then it is no longer unique, it is a household name. We have finally come to a point where technology is cheap enough to do whatever we want with it, and implement it into our life's in fun and unique ways. Because technology is now within the grasp of everyone, it no longer makes sense to wait, it makes sense to do. Artists should start teaming up with engineers and developers ASAP if they have not already done so. And by this I mean, you (the person reading this article who has not already done so), because other artist are already doing it, making leaps and bounds in the industry of the future. The industry of the future is one that is multi sensory, interactive and empowers the listener to be involved in the music. I’m not talking about crowdfunding or including fan pictures in the album art work. Our future is one that allows the fan to get the album and be able to re-mix it in a million different ways because the artist developed an app or website that allows you to do so, or implements this into the live art show. Yes art show. Forget about a music show as we knew it to be, an art show would allow anyone attending to participate in the musical performance of the artist. Maybe this means letting people plug their CD cases into a board that triggers samples in the songs the artist is playing, maybe it triggers lights during the show, maybe that iPad shows the show as a cartoon when looking at the screen in real time… This is the new music industry, the rise of the music hacker has begun and taking over.