The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music

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  • By Paul Nichols
  • 5 Jan 2012
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Keyboard presents The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music

Edited by Peter Kirn

Electronic dance music was born in 70s New York disco and 80s Detroit techno. Over the years, EDM has achieved international mainstream success with such subgenres as house, trance, and dubstep and has reshaped the popular musical landscape. This collection digs deep through the archives of Keyboard and Remix magazines to unearth the insider history of the art and technology of the EDM movement. Through articles written at each phase of electronic dance music's history, the book covers many of the artists who defined the genre (Jean Michel Jarre, Depeche Mode, BT, Kraftwerk, and more). Key players describe the creative process of making music with innovative technology - how the gear inspired the music and the music catalyzed advances in the gear. Revisit the most significant synth, beat boxes, and musical tools that made this music possible, and see how the pioneers embraced these machines. This collection covers the building blocks of EDM and shows expert techniques behind the music that you can work into your own craft.

ISBN 978-1-61713-019-9