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Electronic music has been around for over a century, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that it began to gain mainstream popularity. The earliest forms of electronic music were created using analog synthesizers and tape loops. These early pioneers of electronic music, such as Wendy Carlos and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, laid the foundation for future electronic music genres.

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The 1970s saw the rise of disco and funk, which incorporated electronic elements into their sound. Artists such as Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk helped to popularize electronic music by incorporating it into their mainstream hits.

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The 1980s saw the emergence of new wave and synthpop, which were heavily influenced by electronic music. Artists such as Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys helped to bring electronic music to the masses by incorporating it into their hit songs.

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The 1990s saw the rise of electronic dance music (EDM), with genres such as techno, house, and drum and bass becoming popular. DJs such as Carl Cox and Paul Oakenfold helped to popularize electronic dance music by performing at clubs and festivals around the world.

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Today, electronic music continues to evolve and influence other genres. Electronic music production techniques have become more advanced, and digital audio workstations (DAWs) have made it easier for anyone to produce electronic music. Electronic music festivals such as Tomorrowland and Coachella continue to be popular, and electronic music acts like David Guetta, Martin Garrix and Skrillex are household names.

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In conclusion, electronic music has a rich history that spans over a century. From the earliest days of analogue synthesizers to the current popularity of electronic dance music, electronic music has been a major influence on the music industry and continues to evolve and influence other genres.

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