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Electronic music refers to music which is produced mainly using electronic instruments and equipment, such as computers (and software), drum machines, synth keyboards, sequencers, and the like. Electronic music does not limit itself to "EDM", but the way the audio is produced.

Electronic music refers to music which is produced mainly using electronic instruments and equipment, such as computers (and software), drum machines, synth keyboards, sequencers, and the like.

Electronic music in itself is not a genre, but a category for music which has been produced with certain types of equipment. The term "electronic music" is often confused with music genres that are created solely with electronic instruments, e.g. techno, electronica, EDM, and so on.

The origins of electronic music start in the late 19th century, where electronic music instruments were mainly an attraction and live performance tool. The instruments and equipment saw major improvements and innovations in the 20th century and the last milestone for electronic music is the digitalization of electronic music in the form of software music production.

What types of questions should/can be tagged with "electronic music":

  • Questions that refer to methods of music production or the difference in various types of music that relate to electronic music (e.g. "Are there any songs that mix acoustic guitar and electronic music?")
  • Questions about songs that are electronic music and the production method tag adds value to the question (e.g. "I'm looking for song X by Y", where X by Y is known to be an electronic music song)

Read more about electronic music at Wikipedia.

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