of Electronica music
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reaching all the way back to 1897, when the first electronic musical
instrument was built, the "Teleharmonium," as big as a railroad
boxcar. The Theremin, well known to Star Trek fans, was developed in
1920; the Moog synthesizer (popularized by Walter/Wendy Carlos) and
the Mellotron (used in the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever")
were both invented around 1961.
However, the name 'Electronica' was not used until the early 1990s.
From 1981 on, Chicago's house music, Detroit's techno sound, and the
acid-house music found in the UK, all using faster-than-human
electronically-generated rhythms and electronically-altered samples
of other music and of vocals, were the forebears of electronica.
All three of those types were intended as dance music for clubs, but
electronica rapidly went beyond that intention. Some forms are meant
for "active" listening (i.e., in the foreground), others, for
passive background listening. Admittedly, there are also some forms
of electronica meant for dancing. Other names for these types
include ambient, downtempo, techno, trip-hop, and rave. One way to
recognize electronica is to note an artist's many "remixes" of the
Two well-known bands of the 1980s were instrumental in bringing
about the dawn of electronica: New Order, and Depeche Mode. Many
modern electronica artists have cited these two bands as both their
first and their major influences.
The Rave sessions of the 1990s, beginning in Europe with the
Acid-House parties of Ibizia, and the Psychedelic Trance festivals
of Goa, spread world-wide, and brought electronica to the forefront
of youth culture. One more reason for the birth of electronica was
the movement of technological advancement in music from specialized
studios into the general music industry, with new devices such as
drum machines, music sequencers, and digital audio computer
workstations becoming available to all. The devices also became
easier to use, obviating the need to have trained sound engineers.
The use of personal computers throughout the music culture allowed
even more use of 'loops" and "samples" of any and every sound.
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In the mid-1990s, the music industry
began using the term "electronica' to describe the creations of
various musical artists, including Orbital, Prodigy, Goldfrapp,
Aphex Twin, and Autechre. Madonna began using electronica in her
albums, most notably in 1998's "Ray of Light." Icelandic musician
Björk has always used electronica, as can be heard in her 1995 album
"Post" and her 1997 album "Homogenic." Other musicians and bands not
initially known as electronica artists in the 1990s (but became
known as such later) include The Crystal Method, Underworld,
Faithless, Daft Punk, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, and Moby.
Moby is perhaps the one artist who has done the most to bring
electronica into the mainstream of music, though mostly in Europe.
Other popular rock bands of the 1990s also made use of electronica
in their albums:
- U2's "Achtung Baby" (1991), "Zooropa" (1993), and "Pop" (1997)
- Radiohead's "OK Computer" (1997)
- R.E.M.'s "Up" (1998)
- The Smashing Pumpkins' "Adore" (1998)
- Blur's "13" (1999)
- Oasis's "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants" (2000)
Hip-hop, from its birth in the 1980s, had always embraced electronic
sounds -- Outkast and Kanye West are the best current examples of
In the early 2000s, global multi-cultural influences began to play a
part in electronica -- musicians and DJs from such places as Brazil
and Vietnam brought new musical traditions into electronica
performances that were presented in New York City and London. By
2002, bands like Interpol and The Killers added a harder edge to
electronica, combining mono synthesizer breaks and punk beats with
electronically crafted sounds.
From 2005 on, electronica has become more a styling to be added to a
band's music, rather than a classification of music a band might
play. Sampling of vocals have become auto-tuned, and synthesized
screams are the norm rather than the exception. Television
commercials have even embraced electronica, making these sounds the
theme of certain youth-branded products, such as video games and
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