If you wish to dig deep into the evolution of the electronic music genre, then you must perform a detailed study with the help of books. However, if you’re looking for a brief evaluation period from the 19th to the 21st century, then this article is for you. Read further to find out!
The early years
Be it parties, get-togethers or social gatherings, electronic music has gained immense traction and is everywhere possible. We thank Thomas Edison for introducing the humankind to electricity. Without the invention of electricity, the birth of electronic music would be impossible.
The advent of electronic music started back in the 19th century when electronic devices were mainly created to generate and perform music. However, it wasn’t until the 1920s, until these music genres were produced and released in the market commercially. The magnetic audiotapes were introduced in the 1940s, where the musicians recorded their piece on a tape and changed the speed of the audio to reflect the effects on their recordings. It was during this time when the concept of Electroacusoutic tapes and music started gaining popularity, primarily in Egypt and France.
The next breakthrough in the genre of the music was in 1948, which marked the beginning of the editing phase. This phase jotted the industrial music along with the natural sounds to produce an amalgam of electronic generators. It gained popularity in the United States, Germany and Japan in the early 1950s
The next few years
In the 1960s and early 70s marked the year for the boom in electronic music. The electronic musical instruments also gained worldwide popularity and were available in countries like Europe, Japan and America.
In the 1970s and early 80s, musical instruments like the drums and other polyphonic synthesizers gained mainstream popularity and were also used in various songs and genres of music. The early 1980s also marked the event for the first synthesizer and other electronic instruments. Some of the popular instruments were the bass synthesizers (TB-303) and programmable drum machines (TR-808)
The 1980s and 1990s marked the increase in popularity for electronic dance music. They were being played at the night clubs, with DJs and the crowd vibing with the beats of the song. It is from the electronic music that the genres like techno, trance and hardcore jungle music started gaining immense popularity. During this time, dubstep also became e the dance music of choice.
In the 21st century, electro house music has become a significant genre of music in the musical industry. They comprise a tempo of 125 to 135 beats per minute that are regarded as the best for dance and dance parties. In the late 2000s and the 2010s, electro tap music started gaining immense popularity, and other genres like techno, southern hip-hop and other Dutch house music have originated from these branches.