DEUTSCHE ELEKTRONISCHE MUSIK
An Overview of E-Musical Instruments
This article is a brief overview of electronic musical instruments. There are many different kinds of e-musical instruments, and it will be impossible to describe them all, but here we’ll go over some of the most common types of e-musical instruments.
The first and most important thing is to understand what an electronic musical instrument is. An electronic musical instrument is an instrument that produces or manipulates sound using electronic components such as transistors and resistors, rather than using traditional electronic components like tubes or valves.
The earliest electronic musical instruments date back to the mid-20th century, decades before the advent of the personal computer. These instruments, which were developed in Europe and the United States, were typically used in live performances and studio recording sessions.
Electronic musical instruments are now commonly referred to as “electronic music” or “e-music” for short. They have been around for decades, but their popularity has increased dramatically in recent years, thanks to advances in technology and the rise of digital audio workstations (DAWs).
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular e-music genres today and explore how they are different from traditional instruments. We’ll also discuss how they’ve changed over time and where you can find them if you’re interested in learning more about these exciting new types of music.
Electronic musical instruments come in all different shapes and sizes, but they can generally be categorized into three main types: synthesizers, samplers, and processors.
Synthesizers are perhaps the most well-known type of electronic musical instrument. They generate sound using electronic circuits that synthesize the sounds of other instruments. There are two main categories of synthesizers: analog and digital. Analog synthesizers use analog circuits to create their sounds while digital synthesizers use digital circuitry to create their sounds.
Samplers are electronic musical instruments that use samples of real-world sounds as opposed to creating their own sounds from scratch as is done by synthesizers. A sampler reads the samples from a memory device or hard drive and plays them back either in real time or triggered by a MIDI signal.
Processors are devices that process the sound of an acoustic instrument like a piano or guitar, or any other sound for that matter. The processed sound can then be recorded or played through speakers for live performance. Processors often come in rack mountable units, but there are also many small stomp box style processors available as well!
Electronic musical instruments are based on electronic circuits that generate sound. The first such instrument was the Telharmonium, or Dynamophone, introduced in 1897 by Thaddeus Cahill. It was a large electromechanical generator with capabilities for additive synthesis and dynamic control not available on acoustic instruments. Although it had impressive sound quality, it required a lot of power and was very expensive.
The Hammond organ (1935) pioneered the use of electromechanical generators to produce a polyphonic instrument that synthesized the sounds of traditional instruments like organ pipes and orchestral strings. Other early electronic instruments included the Ondes Martenot (1928), which has been used by Olivier Messiaen; theremin, first marketed in 1928; and Trautonium (1930), an early form of additive synthesis, used by Paul Hindemith and others.
In 1935, RCA demonstrated their new vacuum tube musical instrument, the thereminvox (a portmanteau word combining “theremin” and “voice”), which was essentially a slightly more sophisticated version of Leon Theremin’s original instrument.
Electronic music is a very broad term referring to music that has been produced with the use of electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology. It has two main branches: live electronic music, which is performance based and art music, which is primarily composed in the studio.
Electronic music includes many different kinds of instruments, including synthesizers, electric guitars, electric pianos, theremin, turntables and computer-generated sounds. All of these instruments have been used in the production of electronic music throughout its history.
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, new inventions such as the telephone, phonograph and radio led to the development of sound recording. This made it possible to capture sound on a recording medium such as tape or vinyl. The first commercial recordings were made by Thomas Edison in 1877 using wax cylinder recordings.
The most important development for electronic music came with the invention of magnetic tape recording in Germany during World War II. This allowed for much more control over sounds because it made it possible to play back a recording at different speeds and pitch changes could be easily made by splicing together different takes of the same recording.
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Our mission is to develop new musical instruments and interfaces for expressive music performance. Our goal is to push the limits of real time expression in computer music systems, and to enhance computer music performance by making it more intuitive, more physical and more interactive.
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Deutsche elektronische Musik is a term that has its origins in the German music scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s, to describe the emerging electronic sounds coming from some German composers and performers. The core of this new music was created by Stockhausen, Tangerine Dream and Can.
In fact, the first album to be labeled with the term “Deutsche elektronische Musik” was released by Kluster in 1971. This trio (later quartet), led by Conrad Schnitzler, was active between 1969 and 1981 and recorded several albums that are considered classics in electronic music.
We should also mention another important record released in 1970: “Tangerine Dream.” This album shows the band’s fascination with pulsing sequencer patterns and spacey soundscapes.
By the early 70s, many other artists had followed this musical path, such as Ash Ra Tempel (with Klaus Schulze) and Neu! (with Michael Rother). Other important names were Cluster, Kraftwerk, Harmonia (featuring Michael Rother), Popol Vuh and La Düsseldorf.