Electronic music is one area of art which has evolved dramatically over the years, yet still managed to maintain its distinct identity. Perhaps its early inventors were aptly correct to draw it from a style called ‘futurism,’ seeing as how it has always been the music of the future.
Electronic music, often referred to as Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is not purely a genre by itself. Instead, it is a style of music creation that is used to create different types of music. Such genres include rock, hip hop, house, trance, disco, and dub, among many others.
The term electronic, thus mainly refers to the kind of instruments used to provide back-up rhythms for the singers of the numerous music genres under this category. These instruments produce sounds using an electronic or digital signal. The opposite of electronic production is acoustic production.
Technically, electronic instruments produce similar sounds to those of acoustic instruments. The only difference is how these sounds are produced. For instance, an electric guitar sound sounds similar to that of an acoustic guitar. The same goes for drums. The main difference is that, as a result of automation, electric sounds tend to be much more accurate. Moreover, they can be produced much faster without making errors, which makes the style popular with fast music genres.
Electronic Music and Technology
The very futuristic nature of electronic music has made it a darling of evolving technology. With improvements in both hardware and software, there seems to be no limit as to how much creators can experiment with electronic sounds. The only restriction, it appears, is the creator’s own mind.
As a result, many producers are tossing themselves into the game. With equipment as simple as a refurbished iMac UK computer, a producer is able to join the fray and try their hand at electronic music creation.
Artists too have gotten a chance to explore new ways of making music. You might, for example, notice a unique style of rapping in the hip hop industry, where rappers sound like they are competing with the speed of the beat. Sometimes these experiments will work; other times not so well. However, the very availability of a platform to give it a try is something to be proud of.
The Future of Electronic Music
There’s no telling how far this style of music can go. As earlier mentioned, the creators’ creativity appears to be the only limitation. As new generations emerge with new ideas, we are likely to witness creations we might not presently be able to imagine.
One thing that undoubtedly seems certain, however, is that we will soon have a new genre of music powered by electronic creations. We don’t even have to start thinking of names for the unborn baby; let’s just enjoy the great stuff we have at the moment!