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Taylor Willi
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13 November 2014
Precision Music
The intense energy of EDM has caught the attention of pop culture around the world. EDM or electronic dance music has been having a parallel climb with computer development. Starting as far back as the 1970’s when traditional instruments were slowly leaving music to create this new genre. In the late 80’s house music had exploded in Germany and all over Europe. It took until the late 90’s for EDM to hit America. This new genre has started out relatively subtle, sticking to its underground roots. It wasn’t until 2011 when EDM began its explosive introduction into the United States. This has resulted in EDM evolving more than it has in years. In addition to the general public, colleges have implemented electronic music production into their programs. This has helped the evolution of EDM. Another contributer to the rise in popularity has been DJ’s playing EDM in clubs, introducing it to a wider audience. Being in the spotlight has brought many people to offer their support for EDM. Some say this can wither away the genres credibility. With so many people involved in the EDM scene, big companys see the opportunity to exploit it with inexperienced producers creating music to advertise for these companys. But with the EDM scene being so diverse and unique, it has done well in keeping disconnected from these money hungry companys. One way it has done this is by giving birth to a new type of music producer: the bedroom producer. These pioneers have paved the path for independent music by lending fresh ideas into this genre. Despite the mainstream controversies/opinions that have rained on EDM with its rise to fame, it has and will continue to grow as an art form.
Before the explosion in America, EDM was basically only found in the British and other European countrys’ underground. Some think that EDM had its roots deeper than one would think as stated in an online article about the history of EDM “Some people say that the early usage of electronic instruments and electronic manipulation in music was in the 1960s, where the boom of funk and soul required the use of the bass guitar and a couple of synthesizers to get the groove going”. The development of synthesizers as early as the 60’s had a big impact on EDM. With different forms of house music becoming popular in the 80’s Europe has the most unique and heavy history in EDM. Back then people would flock to empty warehouses to party and enjoy the interesting sounds of this new and exciting genre of music. These secret drug infused warehouse partys would often go from sun down to sun up. The history of EDM is deeper than most would think and continues to surprise people today.
Electronic music has spread like wild fire in the last few years. The fires main fuel was the rise technology as well as the internet. While music promotion used to be mainly spread through word of mouth, the internet has been a major source for EDM culture. This can be illustrated by Berklees music business journal in saying “As the digital music space continues to expand, EDM arguably harnesses the Internet’s potential more effectively than other genres”. It is fairly easy to say that EDM “grew up” on the internet. With constant updates on the progression of EDM, internet users found it almost instinctual to follow its rise. This has caused older generations and people who aren’t internet savvy to be oblivious of this genres rise to fame. Although there are quite a lot of new top 40 (pop) artists implementing EDM influences into their work. Even older artists are implementing EDM in their music, like Prince. This means people who only use the radio as a source for the music they listen to are now being introduced to EDM.
An increase in popularity has led some colleges to include electronic music production in their school. With constant advancement in technology, music production has become a skill that requires a fair amount of technical knowledge. It not only takes a good overall knowledge of the physical equipment to be an EDM producer, but also a vast understanding of the software or DAW (Digital Audio Workstation). There are quite a few universities that do not offer music production courses that focus on electronic composition. This is more than made up by the schools that have devoted their entire degree program toward music production using the latest technology. Schools like IPR (Institute of Production and Recording) teach everything a producer will need to know about both the equipment and the software involved with EDM production.

The development of technology has made it easier on todays dj. Before computers, DJs would have to use two record players (decks) connected to a mixer to combine and transition between songs. It was a hard skill to master mixing vinyl records together. Now all a DJ needs is a computer, DJ software, and a controller which controls the software to play a mix. Some say that the art original DJing has been lost with ease of computer DJing. There are actually a few artists that say they have prerecorded a mix. This means that they just stand up on stage pretending to mix while the prerecorded mix plays. This has blinded many from the benefits of technology in DJing. With new and improved mixing boards and controllers, DJing is more accurate and better sounding. The impact of technology has also helped bridge the gap between DJ and producer. A producer with a good understanding of his audio software and equipment can use this knowledge to either perform or DJ without having to go through the task of learning how to use older mixing technics.
One of the biggest gifts technology has given to EDM production was the birth of the bedroom producer. A bedroom producer is a broad term for producer that has a home studio or can not afford a studio outside of their bedroom. There are plenty of choices for music production equipment for a home studio. A high quality music studio can now be built in the bedroom. Yet with this is also the people who say this gives untalented producers the opportunity to influence EDM. This may seem scary to someone involved in the culture of EDM. But when a producer uploads a song to their social media (soundcloud, beatport) the people of the internet can be very cruel, giving untalented producers less of a chance for exposure.
The biggest set back in EDM’s climb was the lack of dynamics. Dynamics in music production mostly refers to the human feel of the rhythm and melody. People originally found it hard to relate to the computer sounds. But with the advancement of technology in the software, EDM has proven to show as much emotion as any other genre. Adding vocals to popular EDM songs have also helped develop the emotional/dynamic aspects of the genre. The ambient background along with touching vocals has proven to be very effective in music production.
Redefining art
The intense energy of EDM has caught the attention of pop culture around the world. EDM or electronic dance music has been having a parallel climb with computer development. Starting as far back as the 1970’s when traditional instruments were slowly leaving music to create this new genre. In the late 80’s house music had exploded in Germany and all over Europe. It took until the late 90’s for EDM to hit America. This new genre has started out relatively subtle, sticking to its underground roots. It wasn’t until 2011 when EDM began its explosive introduction into the United States. This has resulted in EDM evolving more than it has in years. In addition to the general public, colleges have implemented electronic music production into their programs. This has helped the evolution of EDM. Another contributer to the rise in popularity has been DJ’s playing EDM in clubs, introducing it to a wider audience. Being in the spotlight has brought many people to offer their support for EDM. Some say this can wither away the genres credibility. With so many people involved in the EDM scene, big companys see the opportunity to exploit it with inexperienced producers creating music to advertise for these companys. But with the EDM scene being so diverse and unique, it has done well in keeping disconnected from these money hungry companys. One way it has done this is by giving birth to a new type of music producer: the bedroom producer. These pioneers have paved the path for independent music by lending fresh ideas into this genre. Despite the mainstream controversies/opinions that have rained on EDM with its rise to fame, it has and will continue to grow as an art form.

http://www.thembj.org/2012/10/the-rise-of-edm/
http://poachedmag.com/2013/03/19/a-history-of-electronic-dance-music/

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