The visual culture of electronic music: how technology, design, art and fashion have contributed to its enduring power and appeal
With its roots in Detroit and Chicago within the early 1980s, electronic dance music was once popularized across Europe through underground rave parties and clubs. Its affect on recent culture remains to be unfolding nowadays. Containing interviews with early pioneers such as techno legend Jeff Mills, The Designers Republic’s Ian Anderson, and the ones pushing the political dimension of electronic music, such as ballroom dancer and DJ Kiddy Smile, Electronic bears witness to the shifting nature of the genre.
Illustrated with over 300 images, a few published here for the primary time, Electronic features Jean-Michel Jarre’s virtual studio; work by pioneer Daphne Oram of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; audiovisual performances by musicians like Bicep and the Chemical Brothers; fashion collections by Raf Simons and Charles Jeffrey of Loverboy; iconic photography by Jacob Khrist and Tina Paul; artwork by Christian Marclay; club graphics from Peter Saville and Mark Farrow; tons of album cover designs; and iconic venues such because the Haçienda, Gatecrasher, Fabric, Berghain and the Warehouse Project.