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- Electropop is a type of electronic pop music which features crackly synthesizers prominently in the mix. Electropop has become an increasingly common term for this music post-2000 whereas in earlier years, synthpop was probably the more common term for pop music using synthesizers.
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May 10, 2020 · To define electropop, it doesn’t have to be complicated, and yet it sort of is. It is a style of music that is often heavy on synths, but avoids certain cliches that a genre like synthwave might embrace. For instance, electropop is modern, without being retro-futuristic if that makes any sense.
- What Is Electropop?
- Musical Structure of Electropop
- Cultural and Technological Developments in Relation to Electropop
- Influence of Technology on The Development of Music
Electropop is a type of synth-pop which has more emphasis on a harder electric sound, the genres popularity has flourished since the 2000’s. Electropop is characterised by a distinctive low frequency synthesizer sound which can sound crisp, fuzzy, distorted and in many other styles. Some example of Electropop artists include Owl City and Lady Gaga. Electropop first started in the late 1970’s and it gained popularity much later in the 1980’s and the 2000’s. Some of the first artists were Gary Numan and The Human League.
Most pieces of Electropop have a song structure of “Verse, Chorus, Verse” this is the most common of all musical structures. There are verses at the start and end of each song which develop in to a pre-chorus. Then the chorus often sharply contrasts with the verses melodically, rhythmically and harmonically and has a higher level of dynamics. Some of the songs also have a bridge which is used as a transition back to the verse or the chorus near the end of the song. At the end of the song there is usually an outro which is usually the chorus is repeated with a certain riff or melody to show that the song is finishing. An example of a song having this structure is a song by the Buggles, “Video killed the radio star” which uses the musical structure of “Verse (Intro), Chorus, Verse” and another repeated verse which is the outro.
The average tempo of Electropop is 120BPM and the time signatures usually used are in 4/4 or common time as it is also known. During the 1980’s the tempo of Electropop was around 130bpm, in Gary Newman’s Cars the tempo is 130bpm but in later Electropop in the 1990’s the tempo has decreased with Ladytron releasing their single Ghosts which is 127bpm. Electropop sometimes uses triplets because it makes the music seems faster than its actual speed which is used for effect in many Electropop songs, this can be heard in Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”.
Melody is the main tune of a song, the melody of the music (depending on the song) can be conjunct or disjunct. A conjunct melody is when the notes played are all quite close together and a disjunct melody is when the notes are far apart at different ends of the scale. An example of disjunct melody is the chorus of “Take on me” by A-ha, the chorus goes down by some notes and then goes up a few notes but then there is an interval when he sings from the low note to the the high note at the end of the chorus. An example of a conjunct song is “Wishing” by A flock of seagulls the chorus and verses don’t have intervals between them which makes it conjunct.
InGary Numan’s Cars the key signature has two sharps which means that the key is in D major. The diatonic chord progression would be V IV V IV I which is A G A G D, he uses a simple chord progression with detailed synth effects to make it sound different. The piece does not involve any chromatic chords as its chord sequence is very simplistic. The piece also does not change key so it does not includemodulation. This relates to the whole genre because Electropop does not usually use chromatic chords and the chords are simplistic with memorable lyrics with a varied range of syntheffects for example “Cars” is based on two musical sections: a verse/instrumental break, and a bridge. The recording features a conventional rock rhythm section of bass guitar and drums, although the rest of the instruments used are analog synthesizers, principally the Minimoog (augmenting the song’s recognisable bass riff) and the Polymoog Keyboard, providing austere synthetic string lines over the bass riff....
The instruments usually used in Electropop include Synthesizers and drum machines, Which are used to create the effect that they are looking for. The commonly used synthesizers were the Prophet-5, one of the first polyphonic synthesizers, It was widely used in 1980’s, along with theRoland Jupiter which was Roland’s first truly professional analog synthesizer, it featured 16 rich analog oscillators at 2 per voice, eight voice polyphony and easy programming. At eight voices you could get some pretty thick analog sounds. The Yamaha DX7 was also used and it was one of the most popular digital synths ever, released in 1983 it featured a whole new type of synthesis called FM (Frequency Modulation). The most commonly used drum machines were the Boss DR-660 Depeche Mode, which was used in the 1980’s and the Linn 9000 Drum Machine which was used in the mid-1980’s It had a built-in 32-track MIDI sequencer with sampling capability, 18 sounds with velocity sensitive drum pads, a mixer section,...
Electropop has changed dramatically from when it developed in the 1980’s to the 2000’s. Electropop was produced in the 1980’s but it didn’t gain popularity until the 2000’s. Electropop has changed thanks to the increased amount of technology available to the producers of Electropop music. For example there has been an increased amount of availability of synthesizers in the Electropop industry. Synthesizers and drum machines are the main technological instruments used and they have developed over the years, one of the main drum machines used in Electropop in the 1980’s was the Linn LM-1, this drum machine revolutionised the development of Electropop because of its new clean and distorted sounds. The drum machine was used within bands such as The Human League in their song “Don’t you want me” and Kraftwerk’s “Electric Cafe”. Another drum machine that revolutionised Electropop is the Sequential Circuits Drumtraks which was produced in 1984 and it had clearer sound and and more affects...
Technology has improved dramatically since the 1980’s so Electropop has changed technologically and also how it sounds. Technology has influenced Electropop because different sounds have been used in different eras for example in the 1980’s they used more of a distorted sound but now Electropop has developed they have started to use more clean sounds that sound less distorted. Technology has also influenced the music at live performances because in the 1980’s and late 1970’s they didn’t perform live because they couldn’t produce the synth very well live so they generally used to mime the performance, Gary Numan mimed the performed of “Cars” in 1979 on Top of the Pops many other bands did this such as Kraftwerk (2000) and Depeche Mode (1984), they even had their guitars unplugged, according to the author Ciarán Gaynor. Playback formats have also changed because they used to use vinyls and now they generally download the music on to mobile phones and computers, or they use apps such a...
Notation is not very relevant to the genre of Electropop but there are still some musical elements. Musical elements such as texture in Electropop is usually polyphonic because of all the different synths and voices together. The tempo of Electropop can also vary due to the different more precise sub-genres such as Bubblegum, Easy Listening and Adult Contemporary. Guitar tablature and piano chord chartsare widely available to many people who have an interest in the music, Chord charts are used more because of the synth and electric effects used on the keyboard.
Electropop is a music genre combining elements of electronic and pop genres. Writer Hollin Jones has described it as a variant of synth-pop with heavy emphasis on its electronic sound. The genre was developed in the 1980s and saw a revival of popularity and influence in the 2000s.
Feb 18, 2014 · Electropop is the soul of all the best 50’s, 60’s and 70’s best rock music, because when Rock music looses its electro side, Rock dies. Electropop is the lightning inside our Heart. Electropop is every little story behind a big story that makes it a big one. Electropop is the colour of everything that is unusual, precious, special.
Electro (or electro-funk) is a genre of electronic music and early hip hop directly influenced by the use of the Roland TR-808 drum machines, and funk.
Electropop is a variant of synth-pop that places more emphasis on a harder, electronic sound. The genre has seen a revival of popularity and influence since the 2000s. Dance-pop is a pop and dance subgenre that originated in the early 1980s.
Electropop laid the groundwork for a mass market in chart-oriented synthpop, but later became seen by musicologists as merely a subgenre of synthpop." 9th August 2006. The only subgenre SynthPop is New Wave and nothing more. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 23:26, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
- Criticism and controversy
- Influence and legacy
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