33 - Electronica - 33 Electronica Digital Age 1983 -...

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33 – Electronica Digital Age 1983 - compact disc introduction Sequencers and Synthesizers take hold Sampling – taking small snippets of previously used music and reusing it Digital audio manipulation (professional studios and at home) Electronica music created by electronic means (and much of it typically “sounds” electronic) Hundreds of electronic music genres Impact across the pop music world Characteristics Depersonalized o Performers not always at the center (criticized for this) o Difficult to “play along”, “visualize”, and imitate performer o Vocals often are subsidiary (not main thing) o Is it empty/superficial? Or does it open up the imagination? Prioritizes Texture/Timbre (often above melody, harmony, lyrics) Site-specific music, music of the body, and (sometimes) drug culture Heavily looped and repetitive w/e sampling Can dance, zone out, meditate Kraftwerk “Trans-Europe Express” (1976)
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