I guess most visitors of this forum are listening to some kind of electronic music.
Which artists/acts/genres are grabbing your attention nowadays?
I spent my adolescence listening to Fad Gadget, Front242, Cabaret Voltaire, Coil, early Acid House (I loved those 303 squelches the first time I heard them) and later on got quite interested in drum 'n bass. Over the past years I've grown quite fond of the darker side of ambient like Kammarheit and Treha Sektori and other beatless acts like LULL and Lustmord, which probably reflects in my own output. For my beats fix I will always go back to drum 'n bass/jungle and acts like Autechre, fan since the first releases, and the breakcore of Venetian Snares.
My most recent discovery is Wolff Parkinson White.
Started with psy trance in the late 90s (Sun Project etc.), then 5-6 years of schranz/ hardtechno (I was attending parties on a monthly basis so I'd struggle to name a popular DJ in this genre I haven't listened to live), then jungle (no DnB, thanks, more like the guys under the Hospital Records umbrella). Add punk and black metal in my teens and it seems I always liked fast tempos and melodic stuff.
Nowadays I'm looking into the roots of electronic music, so at the moment it's the Berlin School bunch, Eno, Ciani etc. I love the generative approach, melodies/ harmonies and lots of randomness.
First in the 90s with Thunderdome and its Gabber/terror core... Than Acid jazz alike with Boulevard from St Germain. Plenty of Frenchcore for the love of childish jokes or brostep for the energy. But now since few month I kinda dig and got to learn about old school Dubstep (like Night from Benga & Coki) along with dubtechno (or whaterever it's call) with artist such as: Rakoon, Dubbytek or the wonderfull Terta Hydro K .
BTW, It still like to listen to all of those genres till this day.... and it won't stop! HARDCORE JUSQU'A LA MORT!
I've spend more than 18 years listening to Metal, mostly Black Metal. Some other things but I've stay in the Metal family for so long. It's been very few years that I've expend my musical horizon and get to electronic music.
Nowadays I do listen to everykind of things that I like with no particular gender of music, Doom, Stoner, Ambien, Dark Ambient, and Dungeon Synth, because I would'nt be there with Dungeon Synth... ahah. But as it is an electronic music forum, let's go for that
I do love some Techno, such as Joyhauser or Cleric. Can't say I don't like those bick phat kick.
On the otherside I sometime wonder in the more melodic and "simple" stuff such as Jean-Michel Jarre or Klaus Schulze
To be honest I'm very very picky about music, there is often one or two music I really like from an artist not necessary all what they've done.
Though they work a great deal with so-called "real" instruments, Black Dice are one of my favourite acts labelled electronica. They use amplification, synth, alternative playing techniques to create really fun, noise inspired but weirdly paced sometimes dancish music. Playful, colourful, weird and beautiful.
Four Tet is probably my favorite crafty and awe inspiring producer.
We never mention Eliane Radigue enough.
Yellow Swans are really inspiring when it comes to create amazing soundscapes out ouf amplification and feedback, and Pete Swanson solo career is for its in-you-face punk electronic music.
At some point, I'd also listen a lot to Muslimgauze cinematic sample-based works and trance inducing rhythms. Muslimgauze, labelled post-industrial, is often paralleled with another act, soviet france, wich may be my favourite "ambient" act.
Like pt3r I'm old school. Liked early cabaret voltaire (Red mecca is one of my favourite all time albums). Early Human League, 23 skidoo, Kraftwerk. I think I'm pretty much have East coast style synth music making preferences though. However that said, in the noughties a friend of mine introduced me to Venetian Snares and the drum and bass scene in general. I was hooked. Like all the Planet Mu stuff. I've seen Snares live 3 times. Even he's chilled out a bit now and makes more modular style music. I love old punk vinyl too. I could spend years just buying up punk classic albums, Gang of Four, XTC, very early Scritti Politti. Spent my youth in garage bands. Just bought the first Killing Joke album, which sounds strangely ambient to me.
I could start guessing people's age on their post now but it's good to see I'm not the only oldschool one around here, did not expect that either. I did not mention my stints in local garage band in the early 90's where I picked up the bass guitar because only four strings . A couple of years ago I plucked the classical guitar of my son to see if it was more complicated than bass, this got my interest in music theory rekindled went to music school and am now studying jazz improvisation on guitar and saxophone. Did I mention I'm also into Death/Doom/Sludge metal (Amenra, Neurosis, Om, Sleep, Earth,..) Alternative (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Big Black, ...) the precursors of Dub(step) (Scorn, Techno animal, The Bug) Boombap Hiphop (Company Flow, Gangstarr, Public enemy,... RTJ) and (Free)Jazz (Coltrane, Coleman, Parker, Brötzmann, Zorn,...)
Sticking just with electronic music. Earlier on I grew up listening to mainstream artists like Gary Numan and The Cars. Whatever was in the UK in the 70s/ 80s. 90's I listened to hard techno and trance. 00's I got hooked on depeche mode and discovered psychedelic and what we call kraut rock. Now I don't listen to much but when I do it's early 90's techno. Detroit style. I like the sound of the recordings.
Gary Numan started my interest in any music at all, then I found Human League, OMD, Ultravox etc. (lots 80s Synth Pop) and then Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre and Mark Shreeve kept my interest growing. TD are my main enthusiasm, having around 200 CDs, by a long way the artist I've seen live the most (approx. 15 times) but in recent year I grown to like more AOR/MOR stuff like Fleetwood Mac, Boston (the first album, oh my god!) Robbie Williams and Madonna. Certain "dance acts" I really like - The Shamen, Leftfield and the Prodigy spring to mind. In other genres, Ozric Tentacles and The Enid are great prog rock type stuff, the Cure, Souxsie and the Banshees and Simple Minds are Post Punk/Pop rock bands I like but an awful lot of artists have produced at least one song I like - being able to buy one track digitally has saved me a fortune... My all time favourite song is such, please listen to the link below, I like the original from Donna Summer too.