Two kids "Hans" and "Gretel" wanted to learn a musical instrument.
Hans was given an electronic kids piano, and gretel got a fiddle.
Both were eager to learn their instruments and started playing. Hans was able to impress with his electronic toy pretty fast, mostly due to the pre-programmed melodies that came with it, while Gretel only produced ear-torturing squeaks!
Gretel was in desperate need of a teacher, or at least some information about how to handle her new "friend" properly - while Hans found he didn't need a teacher: his kids-piano was playing tunes automatically!
Time passed by and Hans still wasn't really capable of playing more than the pre-programmed tunes that came with his instrument.
Gretel meanwhile has managed to learn how to play impressive melodies with her fiddle.
And because it's more fun playing together, Hans and Gretel joined their instruments together. Unfortunately, Gretel was somehow forced to follow Hans' melodies, because he couldn't just "jam" with his kids-piano.
One day, the manufacturers of electronic kids pianos had an idea:
"What if we promote home-music heavily, but only our electronic kids pianos?"
So they did. And due to clever marketing and advertisement they became leader in the home-music sector. It was soooo easy for everyone now to play an instrument: Just press a button!
Kids in school weren't even offered anymore to play a different instrument than electronic kids pianos, those toys became THE standard.
Since TV and magazines only told about those electrical pianos, kids, parents and teachers didn't even know anymore that other instruments existed, too!
The rest of the industry adapted quickly:
Songs were only written for electronic kids pianos, sheets-of-music were only available anymore for this one brand of instrument.
Manufacturers of other musical equipment slowly ran out of customers, so most of them signed agreements with the electronic kids piano's manufacturer in order to stay in business. They supplied add-ons, melodies and books for it.
Even amplifiers, cables, plugs, etc... were only made for one brand of toy piano anymore.
It became very hard for Gretel and her friends to buy strings, drum sticks, pickups, etc... for their instruments, because almost no shops offered them. When they asked for it, they were only offered equipment for kids pianos...
Now almost everyone had one of those electronic pianos at home, because now everyone could "play" music.... So everyone wanted one of those toys!
In newer versions of that famous electronic kids piano, the manufacturer removed the possibility to play single notes. Why? Because noone wanted
to play them anyway.
Additionally, they crippled the "home" versions of their pianos to limit the number of simultaneously played notes.
Thus, "professional" piano-musicians had to buy more expensive models.
After all, those kids pianos were still toys, but because noone could play real instruments anymore, those toys could now also be found in professional environments.
Gretel became sad, because she knew that there were more songs, melodies and tunes out there to be played, so she started surfing the Internet for other "real" musicians.
She found out that there are numerous other instruments with different sounds, styles and possibilites out there! What an amazing new world!
And those instruments could be played freely. Not like that kids piano which could only play what a new, costly melody-upgrade allowed you to.
So Gretel and some others formed a band, writing impressive songs -but... They hardly found places to perform publicly: Every bar, every festival only wanted electronic kids piano players, because that was what the majority was used to.
Gretel and her friend musicians kept on going and they managed to "infect" others with their way of thinking about the freedom of playing.
The freedom of choice, the freedom that people could make their own music - build their own instruments and play together like they want to.
Unfortunately, the greedy manufacturers of electronic kids pianos became
afraid of this way of thinking, because they would lose their monopoly - and thus, plenty of money!
Since they were filthy rich already, they were able to direct the industry, politicians and media into directions THEY desired - this made it possible to invent new laws, preventing "own music" or improvements of existing tunes by making them illegal.
They even came up with their own, proprietary musical scale - undocumented and kept secret on purpose.
Now Gretel and her friends could not play together with any electrical pianos anymore, because they were out of tune! To their rescue came some musicians with golden ears which reverse-engineered some of the
proprietary tuning of the kids pianos, in order to be able to play together with them.
But as if it wasn't already hard enough for those poor kids to learn and improve playing their instruments, the evil manufacturers of electronic kids pianos slightly changed their musical scale with every new model they put out on the market.
Makers of free musical instruments had a hard time surviving, because when someone bought one of their "real" instruments, they complained that they couldn't handle it like the piano they knew from everywhere else - furthermore, it didn't sound anything like it! (and also most people weren't able to get a single well-sounding note out of it, too...)
Now some of Gretel's friends had the idea that if they'd "clone" those kids pianos, they could address more people out there! So they started bulding their own versions of the famous electronic kids pianos.
They were able to promote them easier than real instruments, but this only led to another set of instrument that limited your possibilities.
Desperately, Gretel went out to promote her fiddle! She got out on the
streets and played in public...
Some stared at her and whispered to each other: "what's that sound? I've
never heard anything like that before. Sounds strange and unfamiliar."
Others, mainly kids-piano-musicians, became interested and asked Gretel
if they could try playing her fiddle, too! But oh no! Suddenly, so-called professional music artists were only able to play "squeeeeks", "pluck sounds" and "chaotic sounding noise"!
They became deeply insulted and damned those "non norm-conform"
instruments, not seeing that it was THEM who couldn't play it - and NOT
the fiddle being broken.
The people were already bound to their electronic toys!
Excellent.... That's the train the evil manufacturers hopped on, and proceeded with their marketing plans.
...and they lived happily ever after until mankind became extinct, due
to lack of music.
"But, how could this happen?" you might ask. "Everyone had toy pianos!
They WERE making music!"
Indeed, but the people who originally programmed melodies into those devices and others, who were responsible for tuning the instrument became old and their knowledge got lost.
Noone learned this knowledge in school or in universities, because it was proprietary, patented good of the electronic-piano manufacturer.
Those with knowledge about building and playing real instruments have become extinct. Leaving the rest of the world with only a handful of songs: the ones on the existing toy pianos.
Unfortunately, those pianos have intentionally been made in a way that they would, after a certain amount of time, turn themselves off.
Forever... - Forcing music artists all over the globe to buy new ones!
But NOW, there were none left.
Almost all melodies ever created by men and women were locked away in a pile of electronic kids toys - which were defective by design.
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