History of Electronic Instruments

Electronic instruments have been around since the early 1900s, but the electronic music never seemed to gain popularity until the late 1960s through 1980s. Best E-drums has a great article about the history of electronic instruments. There was also a growing use of electronic sounds and electronic instruments in all types of music from rock, pop, hip hop, etc. Drum machines, also known as rhythm machines popularized electronic music along with electronic drums and synthesizers. Electronic music started to have great influence on popular music with the use of synthesizers, electronic drums, drum machines, and turntables. With the influence of electronic music, disco, hip pop, and electronic dance music (EDM) were created. The article under this link explains how electronic drums are manipulated, which is very similar to the electronic sounds that are made up of the electronic instruments. The beats of drum machines and electronic drums are one of the most important elements to the most electronic music we hear today.

Electronic dance music (EDM) is often played at clubs, raves, and festivals to encourage and energize people to dance. Electronic dance music is made up of a wide range of sounds. For instance, EDM can be combinations of repetitive percussive electronic music or repetitive sounds. Electronic dance music is mainly produced by disc jockeys (DJs) in a mix for live performances. Without a whole band or different instruments, a DJ is able to liven the atmosphere with their electronic turntables and mix tables. Electronic dance music was mainly popular only in Europe until the early 2000s. Starting in the early 2000s, dance music began to gain global popularity, and it started to increase significantly mainly in the United States. I believe electronic dance music blossomed and really gained popularity through the collaborations with popular artists. Another important factor of its popularity growth was by sharing its music through the Internet and various social media, as the Internet is a powerful tool nowadays. This article from CNN has an extensive explanation of the history of dance music and its growing popularity.

I always thought of dance music or trance music as more of an underground type of music, but through the source of the Internet, I believe music is evolving. It is apparent that electronic dance music is taking over the music industry and hitting the top of the music popularity chart. More people prefer dance music to other genres of music even if they are not at a club, which has evolved from many years ago. Check out this article from Billboard, which explains how dance music is beginning to dominate other music genres in 2018.

I can certainly see the evolution because I witness them on social media. I have friends who will share their love of electronic dance music through social media. As mentioned above, social media is such a powerful tool. They share their experiences from EDM concerts or EDM festivals that were led by popular EDM DJs. Some of the highly talked about DJs are Steve Aoki, Armin van Buuren, deadmau5, David Guetta, Marshmello, Tiesto, and Afrojack, and they attract thousands and thousands of audiences.