The New Age of Music

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Nothing in this world remains stationary. Everything is constantly changing and advancing, and technology is no exception. Daily, new technological inventions are being created. One of the more recent ideas is the electronification of music. Starting in the mid-nineteenth century, electronic music has done nothing but aid in the growth of humanity. This form of music is commonly disliked and labeled as “fake music,” but it is actually the exact opposite of these ignorant remarks. Electronic music has progressed throughout the years, completely revolutionizing society through its innovative properties and educational qualities. The idea of electronic music was thought up hundreds of years ago. Ferruccio Busoni, an Italian composer and musician of the eighteen hundreds, predicted the rise of electronic music when music was still strictly classical. “I almost think that in the new great music, machines will also be necessary and will be assigned a share in it” (Dubal 438). Musical electronic sounds were first heard in 1877, when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. Although the music being played was performed on traditional instruments, the final sound through the phonograph had an electronical quality. These new sounds had never been heard before, and they clung to the brains of the creative. In 1913, Italian Luigi Russolo experimented with synthesized music. He believed that music should express industrial society, so he built instruments called intonarumori, or noise instruments. These inventions projected a variety of noises such as grating, hissing, scratching, rumbling, and shrieking. However, Russolo was too far ahead of his time, and the general public did not appreciate his futuristic ideas. Sadly, most of Russolo’s ... ... middle of paper ... ...ogy Full Text (H.W. Wilson), Apr. 2003. Web. 15 Mar. 2014. Peskin, Joel. "The EWI Story." Patchman Music. Patchman Music - Pro Music Products, 5 Jan. 2013. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. Petrovic, Dan. "The Future of Electronic Music." N.p., 23 Nov. 2010. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. Richter, Felix. "The Most Popular Music Genres in the U.S." Statista Infographics. Statista - The Statistics Portal, 15 Jan. 2014. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Sackett, Tom. "Electronic Wind Instrument." Web log post. Cool Tools - Electronic Wind Instrument. Ed. Kevin Kelly. KK* Cool Tools, 21 Mar. 2013. Web. 15 Mar. 2014. "Top 10 Influential Artists in Electronic Music." Listverse. N.p., 25 Dec. 2008. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. Vespers, Drew. "Your Brain on Electronic Music." N.p., 10 Oct. 2012. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.
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