Electronic Music Controversies
Some elitist musicians decide what is a "real musical instrument" or a "real synthesizer" and what is not. They live in a tiny world of extreme prejudice and mediocre artistry.
You hear people say it sucks when a synthesizer has mini keys, less than the standard 88 keys of a piano -- or a touch pad, ribbon controller, or other non-keyboard interface.
I was told that the Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus is "not a synthesizer, it's an accompaniment pad."
At first, I resented that remark, since the device is called a "dynamic phrase synthesizer and loop recorder." But lately I've been using it as, and calling it, an accompaniment pad.
There's the analog vs. digital synthesizer controversy.
The Moog vs. Buchla vs. Arp debate.
The ambient music vs. EDM vs. new age vs. noise music clashings.
Sync button beat-matching vs. "real DJ mixing."
Sequencers and arpeggiators vs. manual keyboard playing.
Keyboard playing vs. MPC colored light pads.
Loop and sample orchestration vs. playing real or virtual synthesizers.
Softsynths vs. hardware synths.
"Virtuoso synth solos" (Roger Waters, Keith Emerson, Vangelis, Jan Hammer, Trent Reznor, Herbie Hancock, Klaus Schulze) vs. minimalism (Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Merzbow, Boards of Canada, Richie Hawtin/Plastikman).
Gearslutz, for example, is notorious for petty minded bias and inflammatory opinions...if you want to explore such things further.
The audience booed when Bob Dylan played an ELECTRIC guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. An electric guitar was considered "not a proper musical instrument for folk musicians."
I have also argued with purist punk rockers who hate synthesizers. "No electronic instruments," they whine when I tell them the German, Canadian, and French punk rockers often use synthesizers and The Fall used Farfisa organs.
"The minute you plug your guitar into an amplifier, you're making electronic music," I explain triumphantly.
What are some electronic musical controversies that YOU find annoying and juvenile? #synthesizers #electronic #music