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I would like to focus this week’s looking outwards on electronic musical instruments, which have rapidly grown in recognition and usage since the development of synthetic sounds and computational audio manipulation.

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An electronic instrument often includes an interface board, which is often used to adjust the pitch, frequency, and duration of a note. The music is commonly channeled through a music control device and a music synthesizer, which are controlled through a musical performance description language (MIDI or Open Sound Control). Electronic instruments are a subgroup of the audio signal processing applications.

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Electronic musical instruments are now widely used in most styles of music, and has helped jumpstart the continuation of different musical genres, such as trance, dubstep, and EDM. New electronic controllers, synthesizers, and instruments are actively being discovered.