While the electric guitar is probably the most common instrument associated with rock music, Mike Shinoda says there’s another one of equal importance that usually isn’t discussed: the personal computer.
The Linkin Park singer-guitarist says there’s really no difference between a computer and an electronic keyboard — and keyboards are considered musical instruments.
“The keyboard is just a MIDI interface, series of MIDI input receptors feeding information to an internal computer,” Shinoda says. “So there’s really no difference, theoretically, between pressing notes on a keyboard or hitting a drum pad, and that going to a thing that makes noises, versus your computer.”
Shinoda goes on to say he’s been using his computer to “chop up audio” for Linkin Park’s music since the band first formed.