Celebrating 30 Years of Electronic Musician

Welcome To Our Fourth Decade
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Electronic Musician launched in September 1985 as a DIY resource for musicians navigating the evolving world of technology, which at the time centered around circuit mods, coding, synth programming, and the new MIDI protocol. Since then, we’ve witnessed an incredible transformation in music—from the way it is created to the way it is consumed. To celebrate our milestone, we’re looking back and taking stock, but mostly looking forward:

Craig Anderton kicks things off with a crash course on the evolution of music technology over the past three decades.

Barbara Schultz and I leafed through 357 issues to find the most inspiring words from the thousands of artists and innovators who have appeared in these pages.

Geary Yelton (who incidentally has contributed to EM since our first issue) examines the state of MIDI.

Gino Robair conducts a roundtable with radical thinkers who are pushing the boundaries of the electronic instrument interface.

Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan survey the current earnings landscape, and Roger Linn considers the cultural impact of instrument design.

Want more nostalgia?

Join us as we look back at some technology predictions that were (more or less) ahead of their time, and revisit some of the most notable albums from 1985, the year EM was Born (In the USA).

And don't miss these awesome snapshots from the archives.

We’re still a DIY magazine, but our focus has expanded with yours to include live performance, DJ production, and career development. But our overarching goal remains simple: to help you make better music. We look forward to our next act together.