I’m the operator with a laptop in my hand!? The influence of technical innovation on the production process of electronic music in the decade 1997 to 2007
This study explores how technical innovations influenced the production process of electronic music in the decade 1997 to 2007. In a survey seeking answers to this question in 2008, seventeen problem-focused interviews were conducted with developers of technical innovations, expert authors, performers, academics and researchers from the field of electronic music. Along the lines of grounded theory, this investigation also served the objective of identifying and systematising technical innovations in electronic music production and their influence on the production process. It became apparent that the key innovations were virtualising of recording studios (native processing) and digital networking (including peer production, democratising of distribution, linking of supply and demand).