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What is Electronic Music

Electronic music can be explained very simply, it uses electronic musical instruments and technology. Although electric guitars and keyboards have been about for years (playing alongside more conventional instruments), electronic music is more like the stuff which is produced using only synthesizers and computers. You know, the type of stuff where you (or your parents) shout “that’s not real music, in my day . . . blah blah blah”.  As computer technology has improved over the last couple of decades guess what, so has electronic music, well, it’s certainly come a long way anyway.

Representative Electronic Music Musicians

You might be surprised that electronic music is certainly not something new, it’s been around for almost as long as the light bulb (don’t quote me on that, I’m only guessing to give you an example).  Anyway, there was a real wealth of electronic instruments developed as far back as the 1920’s and 30’s. The first one was developed by a musician called Leon Theremin and is still regarded as the daddy of all electronic instruments (the Theremin)!  The popularity of electronic music was brought to a much wider marketplace in 1979 when UK artist Gary Numan recorded his hit record “Cars”. Other bands which enjoyed success with electronic music includes Kraftwerk (very robotic), The Human League and Depeche Mode, all very popular during the 1980’s. This paved the way for more sub genres, electro  music. house music, rave music . . . you know the sort of stuff we’re talking about . . .

Aah, takes me back to when I was 18, 15, 13,   mmm, I don’t remember this at all, I must have only been about 5! It’s good isn’t it, first time I’ve ever heard it!

That’s good isn’t it, hang on, I think I’ve found something a little more original . . .

Where it all began!

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