Futuristic music can mean different things to different people. It is a fascinating music style that can be perfect in creating just the right atmosphere in any media content from video games to movies.
As a general rule, the definition of futuristic music covers a wide style of music. It is not one particular genre but celebrates music with a futuristic element, be that unusual instruments, synthetic effects and mechanical or digital sounds that celebrate the machine and computer age.
What is futuristic music?
It is hard to get a grasp of what futuristic music really is.
Perhaps that is because the future is always changing – what we call futuristic today such as artificial intelegience improvising melodies or computer-generated synthetic sounds, might be considered traditional music in a couple of hundred years and not futuristic at all!
The term futuristic music has its roots in the futurism art movement of the early 20th century.
In the early 20th century, what they considered the future was mechanical machines as they were embarking on the machine and industrial age.
Therefore, perhaps experimental futuristic music of that time would have had mechanical elements and sounds? I imagine steam pistons moving and clunky mechanical movements. I can’t find any resources to prove this however, this is just my own theory and what I would have done if I was a composer in that era!
To understand this futurism art movement, I think it is best to comprehend by looking at how it all started.
In the early 20th-century an Italian poet, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, swerved to miss a cyclist and crashed his car.
This experience of the old bycycle versus the modern car inspired him to write his manifesto of Futurism.
In his time, the diesel car was new technology and the future.
We have moved well beyond the old diesel-run cars and into a new age of electric cars and self-driving vehicles. The diesel car is fast becoming our past.
What makes certain music sound ‘futuristic’?
Typically, electronic sound effects and unusual instruments make music sound futuristic in our modern times.
That said, a lot of cinematic orchestral scores of epic space music or music conjuring up images of intergalactic space travel also seems to tick the futuristic music box.
I believe that if music makes you think of a technology we have not yet achieved in day to day life, or takes you to a place in your imagination well beyond the ordinary, then it is good futuristic music.
As we are currently living in the digital age of artificial intelligence, but have not yet fully maximised the potential of this technology, thefore any music with digital or electronic sound effects could be classed as futuristic music.
Here is an example of a futuristic music track that uses digital sounds and effects.
You can download this futurist music for free to use as background music in your media projects. To learn about how you can use this free music and what types of media projects it can be legally used for, please take a look at my licence page.
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What is the most futuristic music genre?
The most futuristic music genre will change with the times.
In general, the most futuristic music genre will push the boundaries of sound and create images of futuristic worlds in the mind of the listener. Some new-age examples of trending futuristic music are Neurofunk, Psychedelic Space Music and Science Fiction themed music.
I love how the futuristic music genre is so vast and open to intrepretation. I wonder, what will the sounds of the future be like?
That might seem a bit too philosophical, but to someone from the early 10th century, chiptune music would have sounded pure alien!
Is Sci-Fi music the same as futuristic music?
Sci-fi music, also known as scfi or science fiction music, can be classified as futuristic music.
When I hear true sci-fi music which evokes images of other worlds, new technology and space travel, I am captivated.
For me, the future of humanity is space travel, and the sci-fi music and sci-fi movie genre plays an important role in helping our imaginations visual worlds in outer space.
You could argue that if you can imagine it, you can invent it. Looking through old episodes of Star Trek you can see the seeds of future technology.
Here is a list of some of the technology that was featured in the TV series, Star Trek, before it was ever made a reality. To read a more comprehensive list, click <here>.
- Tablet Computers
- Voice Activated Computers
- Flip Phones
- Google Glass
- Automatic Doors
- Portable Memory (USB sticks)
For me, the genre of sci-fi music can be classified as futuristic music as it is often ahead of its time.
What musical instruments are used in Sci-Fi music to make it sound futuristic?
There are some weird and wonderful musical instruments used in the sci-fi music genre to make it sound futuristic.
Some of the most common futuristic musical instruments are:
I have discussed these wonderful instruments and included some examples of what they sound like in this article, “Sci-Fi Music”
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Where can I stream DMCA safe futuristic music?
If you are a gamer on Twitch you may be looking for DMCA safe to stream music for your sci-fi gaming content.
All my music is DMCA safe and safe to stream on Twitch, Mixer or YouTube.
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Can we make futuristic music with robots?
I am so excited about the future of A. I (Artificial Intelligence) and what it can do and I believe that it will be possible for music to be fully “created” with robots…someday.
We can make futuristic music with robots, but at this moment in time, I do not believe that we have evolved enough in our machine learning and programming to allow a machine to create a piece of music that would inspire a human.
We are on the verge of revolution….but still some way to go….
The area of AI-created music is still a grey area and it is important to define what “to create music” actually means.
For example, I could give a guitar to someone who is unable to hear musical differences in tone, show him how to make chords and get him to produce sound or music. Assuming that he is just randomly strumming the guitar, without teaching or an ability to hear musical differences – is this music?
Many would argue that it is, while others would disagree.
Similarly, if I programmed a computer to produce notes from a synthesiser at random – is this music?
We could go deeper and argue that it becomes music when we include emotion and performance that communicates feeling, however, I could programme the same computer to subtly change the volume at different times in the performance which could be perceived as emotion.
In 2021, computers can write music and produce songs, however, I believe the true proof that we have cracked it is when a computer writes a piece of music that is:
- Beautiful to listen too.
- Has emtotion.
- Evokes feeling in the listener.
When the day comes when a computer produces a piece of music that ticks these listed requirements we will be at an interesting time in AI development.
It is important to add that the computer will then need to repeat the process and produce at least a second song to ensure the first was not just luck!
Some day, robots (AI) will compose music, but for now, it still seems to be firmly in the realm of mimicry.