With the exception of certain sociopolitical strands of hip hop, electronic music, particularly dance music, is not something most people associate with protest song. But the times they are a-changin’, and so are musical focuses. While this issue of Electronic Beats Magazine features continued conversations with artists such as Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk and Cluster, whose music has served as the basis of so much of today’s house, techno and synthpop, we’ll also be scrutinizing lesser known corners of the sonic jungle, from the low-end innovations of car audio bass and Holly Herndon’s interest in Bell Labs to contributions to queer discourse by the likes of Terre Thaemlitz, The Knife and Planningtorock. It’s this combination of under- and overground stories that we hope will provide insight into the fluid tendencies of artistic influence, as well as help describe the ever-shifting musical points of reference of artists today and tomorrow.
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