"Prior to the DX7... you didn't have anything other than bass, strings, lead sounds, fat brass, you had maybe six different sounds," he says. "Then all of a sudden, in came this device that had marimbas, it had block drums, it had harpsichords, it had acoustic guitars... hundreds of sounds that never existed before!"
Shit was getting real, and, in the process, it was getting far less real. With newly available presets a tap away, there was no pressing need to take the artisanal approach to hand-crafting each sound from raw waves. Electronic music was becoming easier to make, and being a band was even easier to fake. Artifice was having its moment.
Meanwhile, consumer-level keyboards and keytars were flooding the now-hungry music-gadget market, just in time for new wave to bloom, briefly not suck, and then suck really bad. Hair metal was on the horizon, and the keytar set its sights on the future, embarking on its long journey from hand-crafted axe wielded by the gods of music to perennially uncool fashion accessory for assholes who can't play real guitar. Fast-forward to Lady Gaga and... we're back.