Why Do I Like Electronic Music, Do You?

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It’s difficult to find a song on the radio that doesn’t contain elements of electronic music. From dance and techno to hardstyle and trap, there is essentially a musical style for everyone in electronic music. Techno is a type of dance and electronic music that emphasizes rhythm and makes use of modern music production and technology. But why do some people detest it?

Undoubtedly, Electronic Music Is A Hit.

Today, it’s difficult to find a song on the radio without some electronic music in it. The Chainsmokers and Marshmello are the highest-paid DJs in the electronic music industry, which has a market value of over $7 billion USD. Nearly two billion results for “electronic music” are returned by a Google search, and millions of people subscribe to Spotify’s curated electronic playlists. There is essentially an electronic music genre for everyone, from dance and techno to hardstyle and trap. But why do we like it so much and where did it come from?

However, it wasn’t until the 1960s that electronic instruments started to be used more frequently. The earliest electronic music dates back to the 1920s and 1930s. Synthesisers became more prominent as a preferred instrument for groundbreaking musicians like Pink Floyd and Genesis. Depeche Mode and Eurythmics led a stronger wave of electronic-influenced songs in the 1970s. But what really altered the course of events was the development of MIDI in the 1980s. People started figuring out novel and exciting ways to bend and twist the conventional limits of music as computers became more powerful.

The late 1980s saw the mainstream acceptance of dance music, which marked the beginning of the current enormous industry. Particularly popular were raves and electronic club nights in Europe, which continues to produce some of the biggest electronic acts today. It took the United States a little longer to catch up, but in the middle of the 2000s, when artists like Diplo and Skrillex discovered sizable online fan bases, the industry there started to thrive. Thanks to artists like Flume, Nina Las Vegas, and Flight Facilities, Australia now has a vibrant electronic scene with its own distinctive sound. Other markets are also participating; the International Music Summit’s 2018 Business Report states that China and South Korea are currently the two most promising emerging markets for dance music.

Why Do We Like Those Sounds So Much?

Your health won’t be harmed by techno. Even though not everyone enjoys techno music, its robotic vocals and futuristic sounds make it easily recognizable. Techno’s repetitive thud, thud, thud beat synchronizes with our heartbeat, bringing positive energy into the mind and soul with each rhythm and eradicating all tension, doubt, and other negative emotions. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that gives us a drive and a sense of energizing while exercising, and techno music stimulates its release. Furthermore, it activates the parts of the brain in charge of pleasant emotions like joy, cheer, and delight.

Techno music is straightforward, which also simplifies one’s thoughts. Contrarily, the techno sound’s repetitive nature, which gives it a surreal, almost hypnotic spiritual quality, aids in transcending the ordinaryness of life. Meanwhile, the repetitive nature of techno resonates with the idea of perseverance, which frequently sparks motivation.

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Club, disco DJ playing and mixing music for crowd of happy people. Nightlife, concert lights, flares.

Drugs are never and should never be the main factor! You can now use actual this scientific research against anyone who labels you a “degenerate” for wanting to listen to techno in a dark, grimy warehouse until sunrise because studies are showing that our love for repetitive music stems from something much deeper than drugs and the “need to party.” (wink wink!)

“No society, it seems, lacks music in some way. We are aware of societies without writing and even without visual art. Philip Ball, The Music Instinct

That constant, repetitive 4×4 beat, familiar to most cultures around the world, is the biggest element that unites the music of all these societies, both ancient and modern.

Bill Hammel draws a connection between steady rhythm and biology in his essay Patterns in Musical Composition, Transformation, Mathematical Groups, and the Nature of Mathematical Substance. “The perception of pulse, perhaps first noticed in our own rhythmic heartbeat, is unquestionably the most basic musical perception. Imagine an Australopithicus picking up an object and slamming it against another object while on vacation. Imagine the satisfaction of simply “beating out time” in a repeating unit of time.”

Further proof of the connection to science comes from Dr. explains Stefan M. Oertl: “More primitive and automatic neural processes take over when music is intended for immediate effect (dancing), “bypassing the intellect to create a pure and optimal experience,” according to this statement.” Our mind and body process these sounds differently, which also explains why even the smallest change in a techno track (there are many memes about this) have a huge impact on dance music fans and listeners. These changes break us out of the “functional trance” we are in for a moment of analytical appreciation before quickly putting us back in that trance.

Gus Nisbet elaborates on this, saying that it is because of this that “we enjoy successfully anticipating the next four bars of a song, but we also occasionally enjoy when those predictions are wrong and the music catches us off-guard.””

This is why we enjoy and adore repetitive music so much, so there you have it.

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