ROTFLSoundwave wrote:All in all it can be said that dance music today is by far the most mainstream widespread form of electronic music thats ever been which also covers endless sub genres and that it draws more influence from the experimental innovation of the 70's than the synth pop/rock fad of the 80's which was essentially the same old musical format done with electronic sounds instead of gutiar, organ ect to give it a new flavor.
The instrument design also showed this when you compare the modulars of the 70's and the revolutionary digital synths of the early 80's which then got washed down into a more commercially viable 'keyboard' package to your 'ten a penny' letterbox LCD ROMpler of the late 80's-early 90's.
It's all in your perspective I guess. The primary influences to EDM that I hear are:
1. DISCO informing the rhythm, harmony and melody
2. 70s/80s synth sounds informing the sound design
I don't hear much innovation in the synth sounds themselves (how many ways can you filter a sawtooth after all) but I do hear lots of processing innovations (bitcrushing, beat-slicing, etc.).
I don't know why you use the derogatory term "commercially viable 'keyboard' package to your 'ten a penny' letterbox LCD ROMpler" as these machines are very powerful synthesizers even if you don't care for them. We now take for granted access to sampled waveforms, sweepable wavetables, etc. alongside the traditional analog waveforms, integrated FX processing, multiple filters, CC control, etc. Perhaps most importantly MIDI clocking to synch everything together...sequencers, arpeggiators, LFOs, FX, etc...which is central to EDM production methods. All of this was driven largely by ROMpler evolution.
EDM is far from the only driver for synths. How about "new age" music? Before that devolved into a glut of elevator music there was a lot of innovation and interesting stuff happening in that genre. How about movie soundtracks and TV commercials? How about the real underground of electronic music, like laptop artists collaborating with avant-garde composers, jazz musicians and modern dance choreogaphers? How about the ongoing prog-rock and prog-metal scenes? You want to talk about real innovation in sound design, check out the latest blockbusters at the local cineplex.
I don't think EDM has much to do with the resurgence of analog modulars. The slow decline of the groovebox market suggests to me that EDM is moving further into the software arena every day.