Electronic Music Genre (R)Evolution

Posted on 23 March, 2007. Filed under: Dance music, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, Music, Music Genre |

I have been listening to electronic music for as long as I can remember. The first CD single I ever laid my hands on was Guru Josh – Infinity (which I realise came out yonks after the likes of The Orb etc etc). I know I’m showing my (young) age when I say this, but I used to groove to the likes of Euphoria and Heaven 17 during my early primary school days.

I used to plough my way through my parents old records, listening to jazz-fusion groups like Focus, who were part of a wave of artists beginning to introduce synth and electronic sound manipulation to their music.

In my mind, the late 80s to the late 90s were THE decade for electronic music. Sure, we had musicians such as Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Vangelis, Mike Oldfield and Jean Michel Jarre, who popularised the sound of electronic music, appearing around the 1970’s. And I in no way disagree with that.

But it was in the late 80’s and early 90’s that we started to see the likes of The Prodigy, Orbital and Underworld bubbling up from the raving underground. This was my style of music and, in my opinion, music that laid the foundations for the absolute plethora of genres we have today.

Anyone who has seen the growth and diversification of electronic music over the last 20 or so years has witnessed one of the most amazing evolutions in musical history. The development of the synthesizer and, indeed, the creation of electronically manipulated sound itself was a revolution. An event that spawned a whole new aural experience for the world at large; an event that I will always be grateful for.

Thank you Mr Moog.

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