Here at Bloc, we love electronic music and the culture surrounding it so much we decided to create a blog about it.
We’re going to share a few little known facts about electronic music and the events that accompany it that you may not be aware of.
1) The Roland TB-303 is a bass synthesizer originally designed for guitarists and was a commercial failure. It has since been adopted by producers worldwide and is the basis for Acid House tracks, giving birth to an entire genre of music.
2) The 808 is an analog drum machine manufactured by Roland, originally released in 1980. Its distinctive kick drum sound can be heard on countless tracks from the 80s to present day, most notably on Marvin Gaye’s 1982 hit “Sexual Healing” by producer/engineer Odell Brown as well as many classic Hip-Hop tracks like NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton.”
3) The first ever outdoor festival took place in 1967 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with The Grateful Dead headlining. It is one of the inspirations behind Woodstock which would follow 2 years later in 1969.
4) Dubstep was founded by producers from South London, England who adapted Garage Music by adding unique elements such as dark basslines and ”
Live electronic music is a form of art that utilizes electronic equipment to produce sounds, beats and melodies. From the first use of analog synthesizers in the 1970s, then MIDI in the 1980s and now digital audio workstations, live electronic music has evolved constantly.
Electronic music has been around for almost a century, but it was only in recent years that the form of art enjoyed massive popularity. As we approach 2017, live electronic music will continue to flourish and evolve in ways never thought possible before.
If you are new to the world of EDM, here are 5 things you should know about it:
When you hear the term “electronic music,” what comes to mind? For some, it’s the iconic ‘90s dance track “Sandstorm.” For others, it’s that one time they heard dubstep for the first time. But for most, the term is associated with the current craze of EDM sweeping across the nation and selling out stadiums.
While there are plenty of artists making great music (and money) in this genre, there is a pervasive ignorance about what electronic music really is. At its core, electronic music is simply music that involves electronic instruments or technology in its production or performance. Electronic instruments are those that produce or modify sound using electronic circuits, which include everything from synthesizers to electric guitars to computer software. Technological advancements have made it possible to turn almost anything into an instrument — even your laptop!
After a week of living in the beautiful city of Seattle, I’ve been to one of the most amazing concerts I’ve ever been to. Skrillex performed at the WaMu theatre and I was blown away. He did so many things no other DJ has ever done before. He mixed songs that other DJs would never think of mixing, he worked with so many different genres at once, and he just blew my mind.
By far the most unique thing Skrillex did was his use of live instruments while performing. He had a guitar player, a drummer, and even a bassist on stage with him while he was mixing. This is something that is rarely seen while watching a DJ perform in the electronic music industry because most DJs just press play on their track and move their hands around for an hour.
Skrillex put his own spin on electronic music by adding live instruments to his show which completely changed everything about it. It made the whole concert feel more like a rock show than an EDM show, but there were still all these crazy drops and lights and lasers going off throughout the entire concert which made it still feel like an EDM show as well.
In conclusion: Skrillex’ performance at WaMu was incredible, inspirational, and unlike anything
1. Electronic music is a kind of music that is produced using electronic devices.
2. The first electronic instruments were developed at the beginning of the 20th century and since then, electronic instruments have grown to be an integral part of classical music.
3. Today, the term “electronic music” covers a wide range of contemporary music types.
4. In the later half of 20th century, electronic dance music was introduced and became popular in nightclubs and festivals across Europe, America and Asia.
5. People who make electronic music are called DJs (disc jockeys) or producers/ beat-makers/ musicians.
Electronic music can be defined as any kind of music that has been created or modified by an electronic device such as a synthesizer or a computer. Examples include: drum machines, synthesizers and sequencers (MIDI controllers), samplers, audio effects units such as reverb machines, digital delay units, etc., turntables for creating scratch sounds, turntable performance techniques such as beat juggling and scratching, and so on…
Digital synthesizers are used to generate sound. These devices can be controlled using a variety of methods such as MIDI, OSC and CV/Gate. A live performance can be made using a laptop running music software, but in many cases there is also a need for additional hardware that allows the performer to physically interact with the sound.
Electronic music can be created using various devices, such as digital audio workstations, laptops, synthesizers, samplers and drum machines. The sounds that these devices produce can be recorded and then modified by various effects.
The term “electronic music” was coined by composer Robert Moog to describe electronic instruments that produce sounds without the use of conventional acoustic means such as strings or vibrating membranes. The earliest electronic musical instruments were developed in the early 1900s, including an instrument called the Telharmonium which used rotating metal disks to produce sound vibrations from electricity.
There are various forms of electronic music, but in general it is created by manipulating recordings of sounds with audio editing software and/or by synthesizing new sounds using synths, samplers, sequencers, drum machines and other electronic instruments.
Electronic dance music (EDM) is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals. EDM is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys (DJs) who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix by segueing from one recording to another.
EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert or festival setting in what is sometimes called a live PA. In Europe, EDM is more commonly called ‘dance music’, or simply ‘dance’.