Clive Bell: The musician-instrument relationship in the age of the laptop



Clive Bell wonders about the fate of the musician-instrument relationship in the age of the laptop.
 
Many musicians feel their instruments are an extension of themselves. Years of cohabitation and discipline create a special relationship. Is that under threat in the age of software instruments and digital workstations? Orchestras are anxious that certain instruments are becoming endangered species. The physical stamina and application required to master an instrument seem a quaint anachronism these days. Are we all becoming spoiled kids, twiddling knobs and constantly distracted by dayglo digital lollipops?