It could be said that electronic music
is far enough away
from other forms of music that it could be call
ed a different medium
altogether. Let's see what Marshall
has to say, (btw
, this was written in 1964
(the difference between automation and older industrialization) "is, as compared with the older machines, the difference between an oboe in an orchestra and the same tone on an electronic music instrument. With the electronic music instrument, any tone can be made available in any intensity and for any length of time. Note that the older symphony orchestra was, by comparison, a machine of separate instruments that gave the effect of organic unity. With the electronic instrument, one starts with organic unity as an immediate fact of perfect synchronization. This makes the attempt to create the effect of organic unity quite pointless.
Electronic music must seek other goals."
from Understanding Media.
Whereas one is confine
d with other musical instruments to the role
of a unit
in a mass, and makes a relative
ly small range
of sound, the synthesizer
and effects processor
open up a massive
new range of sound.
So what's the BIG
difference between electronic music
and other forms of music?
Well, as a medium, electronic music allows the compose
r a great
er creative freedom
, having a much fuller range of sound
from. This permits a much more intuitive
method of composition
. Electronic music therefore
, requires much more listen
, and has as-yet-most
ial to be more emotive
than music has ever been before.
That's why I like it.
and no, I'm not talking about techno.