Technology in music may have helped us achieve enormous feats, it might've even turned ordinary singers into popular vocalists. But playback singer Hariharan says, music fabricated with the aid of technology sounds like gizmo singing.
"With the aid of technology, you can make a person who is not pitch-perfect, perfect. You can hear their songs and most of the times it sounds like gizmo singing because it is basically machine-created energy," Hariharan told IANS in an interview.
"If people are fine with such music, we shouldn't have any problem with it. We can't go past this kind of music nowadays, so we enjoy it," he added.
Raised by a family of Carnatic singers, music, according to Hariharan is a way of life and not a mere profession.
"Singing has been a part of my life for a very long time. I'm 1955 born and while we were growing up, there was no idiot box. We grew up in a simple society where most children either chose sports or singing. There was music everywhere. I never learnt music just for the sake of learning. Fortunately, I was talented so I could easily pick it up," he said.
The 61-year-old musician endorses the idea of formal training.
"It's like going to school. By learning, you know what you're doing. It makes things simpler and helps you to realise your potential," he said.
"Some people are born talented. But no matter who you are, you can't be successful if you don't bring something different to the table. Some people may not have learnt music, but that doesn't mean they can't succeed," he explained.
Thanks to music-based reality shows, Hariharan feels audiences have evolved.
"It's because of these shows that audiences want to actively participate in concerts. Reality shows are educating the masses in raag, taal and swara, even if they don't have basic knowledge in music. It's fun performing at concerts these days because people love to participate and they are not too critical about what they listen," he added.