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Electronic Music Production
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Electronic Music Production
Electronic Music production is the Process of composing, assembling, writing, programming and creating audio soundscapes. The purpose of this wiki is not to educate the reader on what electronic
is. There are plenty of websites, Wikis and other sources of information that can do that.
Instead, this wiki is supposed to be a directory of ition that will easily allow an individual who is intrested to become involved in the world of music prduction. We will provide the tools and the knowledge to allow any individual to start out int the world of composing on their own. I encourage everyone to edit and add to this site. Do not be afraid to create new pages and edit other people's information.
Description of the history of technology used, from early days to the present. Include hardware and software outlines but not specific programs.
Electronic Music Styles
Musicians, producers, and fans have always argued about stylistic descriptions and probably always will. But such labels are a necessary evil as long as music stores and websites need to organize themselves in terms of categories.
At this writing, the best resource for exploring styles of electronic music is "Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music version 2.5" at
It exemplifies 180 separate styles through maps and nearly 1200 audio examples. In spite of inevitable complaints about incompleteness, obsolescence and plain wrong definitions it's still probably the best single resource of its type on the net.
Trance is an electronic genre that developed in the mid-late ninteen ninties in Europe. It is an extremely diverse genre and can be characterized more by its mood then an actual sound. The traditional Trance sound is defined by a "four to the floor" beat and a moving or accentuated upbeat. Contray to House music where the downbeat is the rythmical focus, Trance utilizes syncopation and the upbeat to drive the music. The percussion and basslines in trance are most often times accompianed by melodic and moving synth lines, as well has emotional strings or pads. More information regarding trance can be found at
Early pioneers in trance include:
Paul Van Dyk
An electronic evolution of house developed in Detroit in the mid 80's. Techno uses the 4/4 beat structure and eight bar repeating structure of house to build predominantly percussive tracks that use purely electronic sounds. Originally influenced by the European electro sounds of Kraftwerk and electronic tracks from the Italo label in Italy.
Drum N' Bass
Drum and bass (commonly abbreviated to
) is a type of
electronic dance music
which emerged in the mid 1990s. The genre is characterized by fast
(typically between 160–190
, occasional variation is noted in older compositions), with heavy
lines, and occasional infra-bass lines. Drum and bass began as an offshoot of the
scene of the very early 1990s. Over the first decade of its existence, the incorporation of elements from various musical genres led to many permutations in its overall style.
(snippet from quite good article about Drum N' Bass genre
You can also check
dedicated for this genre.
IDM ("Intelligent Dance Music")
Ambient / Chillout
Ambient Music is a broad genre that incorporates a vast variety of musical influences ranging from jazz to classical to world and even nosise. The term "Ambient Music" was first coined by Brian Eno in the late 1970's to refer to music that can be "actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored, depending on the choice of the listener".
To many Brian Eno is considered the godfather of Ambient.
Traditional Ambient music is beatless, usually consisting of moving atmospheric sounds combining organic and synthetic textures. During the 1990's Ambient music saw a rebirth in the form of World music and Ambient Techno. World music took elements of ethnic and indigenous rhythms and combined them with synthesizers. Ambient techno was developed out of the emerging techno and rave scene of the late 1980's and early 1990's and commonly featured a driving beat interlaced with the traditional ambient textures.
Early pioneers in the genre include:
Artists part of the resurgence include:
Future Sound of London
Hardcore music, usually high-BMP'ed, dense and harsh tunes, yet very upbeat and energizing. Hardcore can also be devised to many subgeneres like Gabba, Terrorcore, Speedcore, etc.
EBM ("Electronic Body Music")
The last refuge of 50's beatniks and 60's hippies,
Goa in India
, was pulsating with age old drummachines in the hands of such early pioneers as Laurent, Fred Disko,
, and, a bit later
. It was 4/4 disco with lotsa lotsa colours.
History of Music Production
People, Instruments, Events and Movements that has influenced modern day electronic music production.
Donald Buchla was a west coast designer and builder of electronic music instruments. His approach varied from other famous synthesizer makers of the time, most notably Bob Moog. Rather than make a sythesizer based on keyboard instruments, Buchla sought to make a totally new and unique instrument. He designs were decidedly experiemental, from the layout of the synthesizer to the names of the various modules (example: noise generator was named 'Source of Uncertainty'). The Buchla synths are important and interesting for inspiring a different method of composing electronic music that is not influenced by a keyboardist approach. His synthesizer played an important role in the avant garde and psychadelic San Francisco music scene of the 1960s. He still designs and build synthesizers, including the Buchla series 200e. More info can be found at
Kurzweil is well known for his synths, however, his inventions span many industries. This is a brief bio pulled from the
"Ray Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition."
Kurzweil Music Systems
Bob Moog (rhymes with "vogue"), prolific inventor well known for the Moog Modular synths, Minimoog, Theremins, Taurus pedals, and later the Moogerfooger effects. The Moog Modular and Minimoog changed music and the way it was created in the 60's and the 70's across all genres.
Dave Smith founded Sequential Circuits in 1974 and was a major proponent behind the MIDI specification as well as giving MIDI it's name. He designed the Prophet series of synths, Korg Wavestation, and currently the Evolver series of analog/digital hybrid synths.
Dave Smith Instruments
Richard D James
Richard D James, also known for his alias Aphex Twin, is considered to be a pioneer in the IDM genere and a pioneer in general electronica, a very diverse artist whos tracks vary from harsh and dense tracks to smooth easy ambient.
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The Akai MPC-60 is a "all in one" sequencer and sampler workstation created by Roger Linn. In 1986 Roge Linn lost his company Linn Electronics. He then went to work for Akai as a consultant and developed the first affordable sequencer and sampler workstation. The Akai MPC-60 brought sampling and music sequencing to the bedroom artist for the first time. In many respects the Akai MPC-60 propelled the early hip-hop movement to what it is today. To the present the MPC name has a lot of clout behind it and Akai MPC's are still highly sought after by hip-hop and electronica artists.
The orginal MPC-60 featured: 2-bit sampling at 40KHz, 18 voice polyphony, a 64 channel sequencer, quantization, 10 outs, L/R + 8 Assignable and FX send return, 4midi outs 2midi ins and smpte
The Minimoog is a monophonic analog
, invented by
. Released in
by the original
, it was among the first widely available, portable and relatively affordable synthesizers.
The Minimoog is real analog and features three voltage controlled oscillators running through a voltage controlled filter. The richness and power of the oscillators made the instrument known for creating incredibly rich textures and
despite the fact that it is monophonic. For more information visit the
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