Last week I downloaded this amazing new program from Native Instruments called Razor. Native Instruments’ Razor is an additive synthesizer, which means that it utilizes individual sine waves that vary in amplitude and frequency to create one clear waveform. This particular synthesizer is unique in the fact that it simultaneously fires up to three hundred and twenty sine wave partials that can be manipulated in such as way as to create everything from filters to vocoders. While I was messing around with the sleek 3-D interface I got to thinking about how far we’ve come as society technologically that even our music is created using electronics. If you went back even one hundred years and tried to explain to a musician that you create your bass lines by using and additive synthesizer to run sine wave partials through a modulated formant filter his head would explode (let alone trying to explain how the computer that powered it works, if you could even manage that). Nowadays a huge percentage of music we hear is completely or at least somewhat synthetically generated and no one really stops to think about how that has just recently become the case (relatively).