Originally Posted by mcandmar
Synthesized music on the other hand is created on a glorified midi keyboard
This part of your post is simply inaccurate and woefully ignorant of electronica as a genre. Any so-called electronica artists who use only a MIDI keyboard are likely either non-commercial or really poor, as synthesizers come in a variety of forms (not just keyboards), and most artists with money also use samplers, plus additional hardware to generate a variety of sounds. And with the computer software available today, the keyboard isn't even necessary either - entire songs can be produced without a keyboard now thanks to the variety of software sequencers and DAWs. Synthesizers and samplers are both considered instruments btw, and it takes skill to use them, and talent to produce music with them.
And today's electronica is no longer only synthesized either, so I'm guessing you haven't heard much, if anything, of it. Most of today's electronica is mixed with other elements - i.e., vocals are often added, or acoustic instruments (typically guitars, piano, etc), or samples of real-life sound effects (alarms, bells, whistles, the sound of glass breaking, etc). There are also lots of predominantly non-electronica artists who use synthesizers or an element of electronica in their music - Radiohead comes to mind as an example, as well as most of the "Top 40" pop artists. It's nearly impossible today to find Top 40 music that hasn't been aided with a synthesizer somewhere.
Synthesizers are so pervasive today that you've probably heard music somewhere that used one, but didn't know it. If you watch TV or movies at all, then you've definitely heard synthesized music.
And if people are just going to come into this thread to bash electronica, I'd like to kindly request those people to get out. This thread clearly isn't for non-fans of electronica, but for those who actually listen to it.
Edited by Asr - 10/30/13 at 11:16pm