Electronic musical instrument

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An electronic musical instrument is any musical instrument that produces or modifies sounds by means of electronics. Instruments such as the electric guitar that generate sound by acoustic or mechanical means but that amplify the sound electrically or electronically are also considered electronic instruments.[1]

The broad familiy of musical instruments can be classified using many systems, including Hornbastel-Sachs. Within this system, most electronic instruments, such as theremins, organs, keyboard synthesizers, and drum machines could be considered Electrophones, specifically, of type "53. Radioelectric instruments: instruments in which sound is produced by electrical means"

See also


  1. ^ electronic instrument in Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, 2012, by Carlton Gamer, Robert A. Moog

External links

  • 120 Years of Electronic Music - About instruments that synthesise sounds from an electronic source, leaving out tape recorders (aka Musique Concrete) and hybrid instruments that use electronics to manipulate or amplify sounds.