How Do People Make Electronic Music?

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People have been making electronic music since the early 1800s. In this article, we explore how people make electronic music and what they need to get started.

What Is Electronic Music?

Electronic music is any music that uses electronic instruments or electronic sound effects. This includes music made with synthesizers, drum machines, and computer-generated sounds. It can be played live or recorded, and it can be created using various software programs.

The Different Types of Electronic Music

Electronic music is a genre of music that is produced using electronic devices. This type of music has been around since the early 1900s, and it has evolved over time to become one of the most popular genres in the world. There are many different subgenres of electronic music, and each one has its own unique sound.

The most common types of electronic music are house, techno, trance, drum and bass, and dubstep. House is a genre that originated in the 1980s, and it is characterized by a 4/4 beat and a feeling of energy and positivity. Techno is a genre that originated in Detroit in the early 1990s, and it is characterized by a hard-hitting 4/4 beat and synthesized sounds. Trance is a genre that originated in the 1990s, and it is characterized by a hypnotic 4/4 beat and melodies that evoke emotion. Drum and bass is a genre that originated in the UK in the early 1990s, and it is characterized by fast-paced breakbeats and basslines. Dubstep is a genre that originated in the UK in the early 2000s, and it is characterized by heavy basslines and syncopated drums.

The History of Electronic Music

Electronic music has been around for almost a century, and its history is full of quirks, coincidences, and surprising turns. In this article, we’ll trace the origins of electronic music and explore how it has evolved over the years.

Early pioneers like Thaddeus Cahill and Leon Theremin created some of the first electronic instruments in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These instruments used a variety of different technologies, including vacuum tubes, electromechanical devices, and even photoelectric cells.

The first electronic music was made in the 1920s by composers who experimented with early synthesizers like the Telharmonium and Ondes Martenot. These early instruments were oftenlimited in what they could do, but they paved the way for the more sophisticated synthesisers that would follow in the years to come.

The 1950s saw the advent of tape-based music, which allowed composers to create soundscapes that were far more complex than anything that had come before. This decade also saw the birth of musique concrète, a form of experimental music that used found sounds and tape manipulation to create new sonic textures.

In the 1960s, electronic music began to enter the mainstream with artists like Walter Carlos (later Wendy Carlos) releasing commercially successful albums like Switched-On Bach (1968). This album featured Carlos’ groundbreaking use of a Moog synthesizer to perform classical pieces by Bach.

As synthesisers became more affordable in the 1970s, more and more musicians began experimenting with them. This decade saw the rise of genres like krautrock, progressive rock, and disco, all of which made heavy use of synthesizers. It was also during this decade that electronic music began to be used in film scores, most notably in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film A Clockwork Orange (1971).

The 1980s is often seen as the golden age of electronic music, with artists like Kraftwerk, New Order, Depeche Mode, and Janet Jackson helping to bring it into the mainstream. This decade also saw the rise of hip-hop and house music, two genres that would go on to have a huge impact on popular culture.

The 1990s saw a major shift in electronic music with the advent of digital audio workstations (DAWs). These software programs allowed producers to create complex sounds and arrangements that would have been impossible with analog equipment. The 1990s also saw an explosion in dance music culture with genres like techno, drum & bass, and trance becoming hugely popular around the world.

The 2000s have seen a renewed interest in analog synthesisers as well as an increase in experimentalism thanks to affordable DAWs and modular synthesiser systems. We’ve also seen a rise in popularity for genres like dubstep and EDM (electronic dance music), which has made its way into mainstream pop culture thanks to artists like Skrillex and Calvin Harris.

The Future of Electronic Music

Electronic music has been around for decades, but it has never been more popular than it is today. With the advent of digital technology, anyone can now create their own electronic music.

This has led to a boom in the popularity of electronic music, with more people than ever before interested in creating their own tracks. In this article, we’ll take a look at the future of electronic music and how it is likely to develop over the coming years.

One of the biggest trends in electronic music is the increasing popularity of Ableton Live. This software allows you to create and record your own tracks, and then share them online with other users. Ableton Live is extremely popular with professional DJs and producers, but it is also being used by more amateur musicians.

Another trend that is likely to continue is the rise of online communities devoted to electronic music. These communities allow users to share their own tracks, give feedback on other people’s tracks, and learn from each other. One of the most popular online communities for electronic music is SoundCloud.

The future of electronic music looks very bright indeed. With new technology making it easier than ever to create your own tracks, and with online communities providing support and advice, anyone can get involved in this exciting world.

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