I’ve been following electronic music since the early 1970s and have explored its growth and breadth going back to the musique concrete of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henryto the latest ambient/techno/electronica/glitch extrapolations.
More than almost any other music form, electronic music embodies the spirit of creation. Every generation births new forms, technologies and sounds. But through the 70-odd year history of electronic music, I think a few things have become true. Here are ten of them.
1. Hitting the laptop space bar for play is not a live performance.
2. If you’re going for a cheesy sound, you can’t go wrong with saxophone or trumpet patches.
3. Before you create that loop, just consider: How many drone zone CDs do you think anybody really needs?
4. If you aren’t a very good keyboard player, playing a piano or piano patch will only highlight your deficiencies.
5. Does a remix mean you always have to put a thudding dance beat on it?
6. A sample of a complete musical phrase is not your creation.
7. Unless you’re doing something really interesting on top, the same rhythm for 30 minutes is not trance-inducing. It’s just boring.
8. You can modulate the key signature.
9 . It’s okay to have some stage presence.
10. There is electronic music after 1978.
~© 2012 John Diliberto ((( echoes )))
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