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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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Rock and Pop Electronic Music

Rock and Pop Electronic Music

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(p.168) 9 Rock and Pop Electronic Music
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Electronic and Computer Music
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Peter Manning

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the development of rock and pop electronic music. It argues that the steady integration of electronic devices with more traditional rock and pop instruments established an important link on a purely technical level with the main genres of electronic music, one that has largely remained unbroken to the present day. Artistic links, however, have proved far more tenuous, for the philosophical and stylistic differences have not proved easy to bridge. Furthermore, excursions into new sound worlds by rock and pop musicians have often lacked any sustained development. Many groups in search of a distinctive identity experimented with the more exotic possibilities of synthesizers and associated devices during the early stages of their career, only to return to more traditional sound repertoires in later years. The chapter also considers the Techno movement, which has forged the greatest practical links with the core activities of electronic and computer music.

Keywords:   electronic music, rock music, pop music, sound synthesizers, Techno movement

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