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Retracing The Steps Of Electronic Music

Electronic MusicSkrillex, Daft Punk, David Guetta—you’re likely familiar with these guys, more so if you’re a self-confessed party animal. Their style of music is quite unconventional by traditional standards, but it still works well with millions. And it’s not just them who’ve made a career of their genre: DJs from firms have done it, too. When there’s a dance party, there must be electronic music.

The origins of electronic music are as colorful as the lights that blink in its midst. Here’s a look at how it came to be.

The Man Behind It All

Credit only one man for the “invention” of electronic tunes. Robert Moog, an electrical engineer, and inventor from Queens, N.Y., pioneered the genre with his creation of the Moog synthesizer. His analog synthesizer is an improved (and much more portable) version of the RCA Corporation’s room-sized machine from 1955.

Moog’s instrument allowed musicians to use synthetic sounds in their records. Among the biggest Moog synthesizer users were The Monkees, The Doors, and The Birds—and early adopters at that. While the technology Moog worked with was based on an 1800s concept, his work is arguably where the modern understanding of electronic music first sprung.

Disco Fever

Mainstream didn’t have electronic acts until the ’70s. The German band Kraftwerk is known as the first to introduce electronic sound to a wider audience. Pairing rock rhythms to the Moog synthesizer’s sounds, Kraftwerk managed to influence more musicians and helped pave the way to the modern rave scene. Electronic music bloomed even more in the ’90s, with the advent of modern dance music.


Electronic Dance Music (aka EDM) is now a part of all mainstream acts. Genres like dubstep, house, trance, and others soon popped up, and artists like David Guetta and Tiesto made it big. Pure EDM and EDM-laced music consistently tops music charts these days, and there seems to be no slowing down. Only a few artists (those who came from the more traditional era) refuse to go with the flow. But it’s only a matter of time.