Open Mic: Was 2011 a good year for electronic music?
I’ve been reviewing some of our posts from 2011, and it seems like 2011 was a pretty good year on the hardware side:
- There were major new synths from the big three keyboard manufacturers;
- Dave Smith Instruments released the Tempest, a really deep analog drum machine;
- M-Audio put themselves on the synth map with the affordable Venom synthesizer;
- there were tons of interesting boutique synths and new synth modules; and
- Korg proved that there was room for affordable analog gear with their Monotribe and Monotron introductions.
On the software front, the biggest news was probably that Apple’s IOS established itself as a third popular platform, after Windows and Mac, for music production. The platform is still far from mature – but you can’t ignore that there are a lot of interesting developments in mobile music-making.
It seems like 2011 was a good year for electronic music festivals, Moogfest 2011, especially, stood out as an event that successfully combined pushing the envelope with getting people to show up and dance.
When it comes to new electronic music in 2011, things seem a little fuzzier. It wasn’t a banner year, but electronic dance music certainly got broader attention. And the Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross Girl With The Dragon Tattoo score promises to be one of the most prominent electronic soundtracks in years.
What do you make of 2011 as a year for electronic music? Were there any new hardware or software that you thought stood out? And what about the music of 2011? Any albums or events that you think made 2011 a year to remember?
Image: by Santini Roberto