Electronic music is taking up more and more space in today’s society and France is one of the three countries that consume the most techno music with Germany and Japan.
The birth of a musical style
The advent and standardization of electricity has played a major role in the development of sound technologies. We have to wait until we are able to modulate the electricity to produce a waveform, which will emit a sound signal. The oscillator comes into play to modulate and control the electrical signal, to translate it into direct current. Waveforms are each exploitable to produce a particular sound (sinusoidal, square or sawtooth).
The common imagination thinks that it is only a sequence of percussion, repetitions, or that they are noises from machines of the future impossible to understand. Others evoke electronic music by the fact that one must be under certain drugs to be able to fully appreciate this music.
Democratization of a sort of music
Electronic music is a musical style built around machines and computers, rather than traditional instruments. It developed in the United States in the 1980s. In France, many amateur artists are starting to produce their own models and are part of the French electronic scene.
Techno music crossed the Atlantic and settled in France, definitely in the 1990s. The musical genre gained popularity until it found a nickname “la French Touch”. MixMag and Muzit magazines praise this new generation of French artists such as Daft Punk and Laurent Granier.
A slowdown led to a musical trough until 2003, with the French electronic band Justice. Beatport, a famous online sales site dedicated to electronic music, is seeing an increase in techno sales. The reports show that the most downloaded labels and artists in France are mostly techno.
Craze in festivals
In France, the very first artists to have made electronic music and allowed its democratization, are Daft Punk, Etienne de Crecy and Laurent Garnier. Then a second wave came with David Guetta, who paved the way for a bunch of DJs like Martin Solveig, Avicii or Petit Biscuit.
DJs and artists form committees to create an unprecedented creative buzz on the current stage. French electro festivals such as the Delta Festival, MartinBeatz and ElectroBeach are popular with a very young audience. New artists and their audiences are mastering new technologies with the home studio and social platforms and networks.
Electronic music brings together actors with different structures, practices and strategies that are more or less compatible. From this music were born many subcultures, movements, demands, but also innovations.