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Electronic music : Where the history started
“ Isn’t it obvious that music and dance are the keys to the universe? So called primitive animals and tribal humans have known this for thousands of years!”
Underground Resistance Manifesto
The in-depth understanding of a phenomenon is complex, but all the more fascinating. This takes us back to the early 20th century, when the very first sound-synthesizers appeared and technology started interfering with the development of sound recording. But it was in the 50s, with artists such as John Cage, Christian Wolff, Earle Brown to name only a few, that the first purely electronic music genres were born. As everything intersects indefinitely, these avant-gardists played a huge role in the appearance of electronic music as we know it today. From John Cage’s first attempts to operate turntables live in 1939, to Jeff Mills blowing our minds while mixing on four different ones—all the while drawing his vinyls at lightning speed–, a lot of things have been going on since! Who? Where? When? But most of all, how did the djing get so big?
Here is a quick foretaste of what to expect in our next articles :
During the mid 80s, a few Afro-American musicians from Detroit, including the legendary trio “The Belleville Three” (Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson), created techno. You know the kind of music that makes us think of freedom, creativity and partying but to our parents is nothing but stressful noise? At the same time in another American city, Chicago, House was born to pioneers such as Frankie Knuckles or Mr. Fingers. Later, the first wild Rave Parties invaded the UK and spread across Europe. As Underground and electronic music blossomed, broke new ground and evolved, each city kept its own distinctive feature: Berlin became techno’s epicenter, London explored darker influences like drum & bass and dubstep, while Ibiza turned into the world’s clubbing capital.
Over time, thanks to technological progress, new synthesizers but also new software, various electronic music sub-genres have flourished: Deep House, Tech House, Acid House… You get the point—they will delight your ears and inspire your soul.
Some see electronic music as an ode to rebellion and creation, a way to reclaim the customs of a society that is getting out of hands… It brings out particular emotions and feelings in us that make us want to move our bodies to the beat because “dance is the hidden language of soul”.
Laure Agostinis – Liza Tourman – Olivia Imberti