Electronica is a type of music produced with electric instruments such as synthesizers, electronic percussion and recorded music or sound samples. Electronica is a broad term that includes subgenres such as downtempo, intelligent dance music, electronic dance music, techno, house, drum and bass, trance among others. This music is mainly developed for concentrated dancing and listening purposes. With advances in music technology, electronics evolved into the popular genre in the late 20th century. The tools typically used in electronics include synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers, keyboards and samplers.
- Overview and features –
Electronics depend mainly on electrical equipment to produce sounds and effects to a piece of music. These functions associated with electronica include; use of wide ranges of frequencies, tones and tones, a time of 140 beats per minute, use of hats and cymbals, a kick & snare pattern, modulated bass lines, sound effects and a low drop for effects are added.
- Origins –
Electronica music began in the 1960s but was popularized in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Before its popularity, musicians experimented with various instruments that led to the creation of sounds that would later become popular genres. The most significant influence for the spread of this music was the Kraftwerk band from western Germany that introduced electronic sounds to a wider audience. The band worked with other bands like Deep Purple producing new sounds with the synth and the Moog vocoder. Soon other artists, including Giorgia Moroder and Daft Punk, followed the trend that led to the emergence and growth of disco music. In the 1970s, this music borrowed existing pop and rock genre structures. However,
- Dissemination and development –
The spread of electronic music began in the 70s where it was played in clubs. Other styles of music have become popular in the 80s and 90s with a high ranking on their popularity in Germany and the United Kingdom. In the United States, electronics became popular after Madonna’s Ray of Light, which was released following the success of the highly successful sounds of The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy of the UK. This has seen music become a mainstream culture in all 90s and later developed into electronic dance music that remains popular to this day. The production of electronic music began with higher budgets with higher technical quality and more levels than the existing dance music. The use of
- Notable professionals –
Electronica’s most famous artists include Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, The Crystal Method, Moby, Deadmau5, Skrillex and Flux Pavilion. These are the artists who contributed immensely and helped spread the music.
- Greater importance and inheritance –
The most important thing about Electronica is that it allowed artists to produce cheaper and more affordable songs and create orchestras without having to employ a large crew to handle the instruments. The availability of music production software eliminates the expense of having to buy expensive equipment to record songs.