Electronic music may sound like a relatively new term, but instruments to produce electronic music have been around for over one hundred years. Electronic music is that defined as sounding synthetic or somehow processed and manipulated through electronics. Originally all music was acoustic, but today, even acoustical sounds can be altered with digital technology. Electronic music covers all genres of music from jazz to pop to classical. But because of its high intensity, it is a favorite on the dance music scene.
Learn about the electronic music foundation.
Elisha Gray invented a musical telegraph in 1876 and with that electronic music was born. In 1897, Thaddeus Cahill created what was called a telharmonium or sometimes referred to as the dynamophone. In the years following, inventors created cellos, organs and similar keyboard instruments that produced electronic music. In 1964, Robert Moog created the synthesizer. It was with this invention that electronic music made somewhat of a leap into commercial music with the Beatles and Rolling Stones both purchasing synthesizers. But, even so, synthesizers were still seen as somewhat of an oddity in music. The band Queen even advertised on their album covers that no synthesizers were used to produce their sound. However, synthesizers were still not widely used in music until the Eighties. Bands such as Depeche Mode, Human League, and Duran Duran brought synthesizers into the mainstream. Flock of Seagulls relied primarily on synthesizers to create their music. In the Ninties, electronic music was popular at raves with its pulsating, hypnotic beats and high energy sounds.
Fans of electronic music celebrate their love for it with festivals all over the world. In July 2005 Orangeville, Ontario will host the Eleventh Annual World Electronic Music Festival. San Francisco is the home of the Electronic Music Festival. There are also yearly festivals in Detroit, Amsterdam, Toulouse, France and Kansas City.
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