The History of Underground Electronic Music: A blog on different electronic genres and some of their origins
This is a blog about a wide variety of underground electronic music genres. I know there are probably already tons of blogs, articles, and websites out there like this one, but I wanted to make one because it’s a subject that fascinates me. You might be able to learn some things from this blog, or at the very least get an idea of what some of these genres are about. If you’re already familiar with most or all of these genres, then you will agree with me on almost everything I say in this blog. If you don’t know much about any of these genres, then I hope to enlighten you as much as possible so you can expand your musical horizons.
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of different electronic music styles out there. This blog will cover only a select few that have been around for at least 10 years (although there are some exceptions). Some styles that won’t be covered include Moombahton and Dubstep (because they’ve only been around for less than 5 years), but it may cover some subgenres of Dubstep like Brostep and Post-Dubstep.
I’m not going to cover mainstream
The history of underground electronic music is a long, convoluted one. Some people are interested in the history of a particular genre or scene, while others are interested in the history of the technology. Both are fascinating topics, and I don’t think you need to be into electronic music to find either interesting.
I’ve been getting more and more interested in the topic of electronic music lately, so I decided to start this blog as a way of keeping track of what I’ve learned and what I still want to learn. It will focus on different electronic genres and some of their origins, as well as other miscellaneous topics that relate.
The term underground electronic music can be used to describe a variety of different electronic genres. These genres have in common that they are mostly associated with the underground scene, and many of them are difficult to access for the average person. This blog aims to provide an overview of different electronic genres, their origins and where to find them.
The first type of underground electronic music is known as “Avant-garde”. As the name suggests, avant-garde is characterized by its experimentation, and often incorporates elements from other genres such as jazz, contemporary classical music and rock. Avant-garde has had a major influence on modern dance music, and is considered by many to be the originator of “Electronica”.
Avant-garde had some major influences on techno music. Techno is an offshoot of avant-garde that uses synthesizers and drum machines instead of live instruments. Techno is most commonly associated with artists such as Kraftwerk and Daft Punk, but also includes artists such as The Prodigy and Aphex Twin.
The following is a history of underground electronic music.
There are many different types of EDM, but they all are generally characterized by synthesizers, drum machines, and computer programs that can create sounds that do not exist in nature.
The earliest type of electronic music was created in the late 1960s with the use of synthesizers, sequencers, and drum machines. It became known as house music and techno music. A lot of these early bands were influenced by Kraftwerk.
In the 1980s techno music was becoming more popular and there was a movement to create a new genre called acid house. This style of music used a lot of sampling from other styles such as funk and rock.
These days electronic music is widely used by almost every genre of pop music including hip hop, R&B, and dancehall reggae. It has become so popular that you can buy electronic instruments at your local music store or online for less than $20 in many cases!
The major electronic genres:
Drum and Bass
Electronic music is not a new genre of music. It has been around for decades and has evolved into many different genres. As a matter of fact, you may be listening to some form of electronic music right now and not even know it. Electronic music is a very wide genre that includes subgenres such as house, trance, dubstep and many more. This blog will explore some of these subgenres, the history behind them and where they originated from.
In the beginning of its life, electronic music was mostly used inside large concert halls by composers like Karlheinz Stockhausen and Pierre Schaeffer. It wasn’t until the 80’s that electronic instruments became more widely available to the public. “The Fairlight CMI (short for Computer Musical Instrument) was one of the earliest music workstations with a digital sampling synthesizer” (Wikipedia).
“The Fairlight CMI” was “an early sampler/synthesiser combination which allowed users to load in sounds and then play them back at different speeds or pitches.” In the early 1980s, other samplers become available at lower price points such as the Ensoniq Mirage and E-mu Emulator.
This paved way for the creation of many new
Industrial music began in the mid 1970s, as a blend of synthesizer based music and psychedelic rock. In that time, there were many promoters and labels, who wanted to create a new type of dance music for the masses.
The first wave of industrial artists were classified as “industrial” because the sounds that they used, came from factory and construction sites. Their songs were mainly produced using cheap synthesizers, drum machines and hi-tech sound manipulation techniques. Some of the most famous industrial artists are Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk and Sonic Youth.