How to Create an Electronic Music Style

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How to Create an Electronic Music Style – A beginner’s guide to creating your own electronic music style by following these simple steps.


In this guide, we’ll give you an introduction to creating an electronic music style. We’ll cover the basic concepts and equipment you’ll need to get started, as well as some tips on how to create your own unique sound. So let’s get started!

What is electronic music?

Electronic music is a genre of music that is created with the help of electronic musical instruments or electronic music machines. It has been around since the early 1900s, and has since then gone through a lot of changes. In the past, it was mostly associated with the avant-garde and experimental music scenes, but in recent years, it has become more mainstream, with a lot of different subgenres emerging.

The Different Types of Electronic Music

Baroque: A rococo-influenced style characterized by complex ornamentation and Counterpoint.

Minimal: A style employinglimited resources( often involving repetition and/or drones) to create a “maximal” effect.

Rave: Loud, repetitive 4/4 beatswith synthesized melodiesand occassionally sampled vocals.

Trance: Mesmerizing, highly emotional, euphoric style with a 4/4 beat and arpeggiated synth patterns.

Drum n Bass: A style characterized by fast breakbeats(usually between 160-180 beats per minute), with heavy bass and sub-basslines.

The History of Electronic Music

The first electronic musical instruments were developed in the early 1900s. The theremin, one of the earliest electronic instruments, was invented in Russia in 1919 bylev Theremin. Electronic music was first used commercially in 1930, when it was used in a French film called “Le Chanteur de Jazz.” It wasn’t until the 1950s that electronic music began to be used extensively in popular music. In the 1960s, electronic music was introduced to a wider audience with the release of the album “The Beatles” (1962).

The first electronic music studio was built in 1953 by German-American engineer Werner Meyer-Eppler at the University of Cologne. This studio laid the foundation for other studios that were built throughout Europe and North America in the following years. In 1955, Italian composer Luciano Berio founded an electronic music studio at Milan’s Radio Audizioni Nazionali. In 1957, Canadian composer Murray Schafer founded an electronic music studio at McGill University in Montreal.

In the 1960s, many composers began to experiment with ways to use synthesizers to create new sounds. This led to the development of new genres of electronic music, such as techno and house. Today, electronic music is created using a variety of methods and is heard all over the world.

The Future of Electronic Music

As electronic music continues to evolve, new sub-genres and hybrid styles are constantly emerging. We asked five leading DJs and producers to Imagined what the future of electronic music might sound like.

1. More Melodic and Accessible
As electronic music becomes more popular, we will see a trend towards more melodic, accessible sounds. This doesn’t mean that avant-garde or experimental music will disappear, but it will become less common as the mainstream embraces a wider range of sounds.

2. More Live Instruments
With the advent of new technology, it is now possible to create realistic simulations of almost any instrument using synthesisers and samplers. However, there is still something special about the sound of a real live instrument played by a human being. As electronic music becomes more accepted by the mainstream, we will see more live instruments being used in productions.

3. Greater Use of Voice
The human voice is the most emotive and expressive instrument available to us, so it’s no surprise that it is being used more and more in electronic music. We will see an increase in the use of both sung vocals and spoken word in productions, as well as a greater exploration of the potential of the voice as an instrument in its own right.

4. More Emotional Content
As electronic music matures, we will see a trend away from superficial party anthems towards music with more emotional depth and substance. This doesn’t mean that all future electronic music will be downtempo or introspective, but there will be a greater focus on creating music with genuine emotional resonance.

5. Greater Integration With Other Genres
Electronic music has always been open to influences from other genres, and this trend is set to continue in the future. We will see an increasing fusion of electronic and acoustic sounds, as well as greater incorporation of elements from genres such as hip hop, R&B, and pop into productions

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