pretty much all modern, electronic instruments have computers inside. so it's not really a question but our reality. unless you define what you mean by "computer" - i guess you mean personal computer?Simple question.
If I might reply here, does anyone remember when synths first came? The purists said pretty much the same. In addition, the mellotron, which is not a computer, was also criticized in the same vain. I suspect Mike Pinder, Rick Wakeman, Tony Banks, et al., probably feel pretty worthless playing a "non-instrument." [But, they got some beautiful wall hangings called 'gold records']Computer is not a instrument, computer often compensate the lack of being able to extract an instrument for what an instrument is intended for.
However, for this reason, it is still possible to create music based on different feelings that go through a computer to host, for example, sampling libraries.
Its better to play arpeggios for a instrument with your hands on a instrument and feel then use a computer based machine...
Computers is great for recording what you just played with your fingers or mouth thats my opinion.
By that description, wouldn't a set of speakers or headphones be considered an instrument? They take creative human input and transform that into sounds by causing the surrounding air to vibrate just like a drum or any other traditional musical instrument.To me, if something transforms human creative input into sounds, it's an instrument all right
Yes, and so they can become an instrument too. Your hands, feet, metal objects, kitchen tools, freaking animal guts or gunpowder cannons. If you use them to create music (in a very wide definition of it), they become instruments.By that description, wouldn't a set of speakers or headphones be considered an instrument? They take creative human input and transform that into sounds by causing the surrounding air to vibrate just like a drum or any other traditional musical instrument.