Electronic music history pre-dates the rock and roll era by decades. Most of us just weren't even on this planet if it began its often obscure, under-appreciated and misunderstood development. Today, this 'other worldly' body of sound which began near to a century ago, might no longer appear strange and various as new generations have accepted most of it as being mainstream, but it is a bumpy road and, in locating mass audience acceptance, painstaking one.
Many musicians - the current proponents of electronic music - created a desire for analogue synthesizers inside the late 1970's and early 1980's with signature songs like Gary Numan's breakthrough, 'Are Friends Electric?'. It turned out with this era that these devices became smaller, readily available, simpler to use plus more affordable for a lot of folks. In the following paragraphs Let me try and trace this history in easily digestible chapters and give examples of today's best modern proponents.
In my opinion, it was the start of a brand new epoch. To make electronic music, it was no longer necessary to gain access to a roomful of technology within a studio or live. Hitherto, it was solely the domain of artists the likes of Kraftwerk, whose arsenal of electronic instruments and custom built gadgetry everyone else could have only dreamed of, even though we're able to view the logistics of the functioning. Having said that, during the time I was growing up within the 60's & 70's, I nevertheless had little understanding of the complexity of work which had set an ordinary over the decades to get to now.
The history of electronic music owes much to Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007). Stockhausen would be a German Avante Garde composer and a pioneering figurehead in electronic music in the 1950's onwards, influencing a movement that would eventually use a powerful impact upon names for example Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Brain Eno, Cabaret Voltaire, Depeche Mode, as well as the experimental work with the Beatles' and others in the 1960's. His face sometimes appears around the cover of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", the Beatles' 1967 master Opus. Let's move on, however, by traveling a bit further back in history.