A friend might have said once that electronic music is lazy and maybe even went as far to say that electronic music is not “real music.” Perhaps they even had the audacity to say that electronic musicians are talentless. While the benefits of electronics allows certain steps of production to be shortened it, by no means, is any easier or difficult than acoustic methods. It would be easy to pass electronic music as a lazy form of music to produce but all genres of music have their benefits as well as their disadvantages. Let’s dispel any notion of romanticizing music to be this grand unspoken language for just a moment, and instead think of it in more academic terms so that a logical conclusion can be reached.
In terms of composition between the two opposing schools of thought, electronic and acoustic music are apples and oranges. The two foods (genre) are fruits (music) but they are going to be prepared (written) and taste (sound) differently. Electronic music is more precise and mathematically based. While that in concept could turn many off to the idea of listening to something so complex, what many forget is that math can be used to create fluid things too, ask any mathematician. The association of complexity and lack of clarity in music is bunk.
An easy example is Ray Lynch’s Falling in the Garden, a track that is made with electronics only and is quite soothing and fluid and easily contradicts the generalization that electronic music is too cold and lifeless. Now compare this to Arthur Rubinstein’s performance of Chopin’s Nocturne Op.9 no.2. one could say that Mr. Rubinstein is the superior musician because his performance feels real and that you can’t get such a rich and emotional feeling from Mr. Lynch’s work. In truth, the two present excellent qualities and while the instrumentation may not resonate with some people, it is unfair to say that Ray Lynch is not the superior musician. It’s not fair to say that either is, in fact. Both have their methods and some will like it and some won’t. It’s important, however that people shouldn’t make the mistake of dismissing it before listening to it because it’s electronically made because both pieces are excellent works and should be treated with some respect.
It’s important that instead of clinging to what is familiar, we seek out new forms of art that can inspire. Electronic music has had tough times trying to find its place in the art-culture world, but now in the 21st century people should welcome it and see what it can teach them.