Years ago, I read in a newspaper about a band that uses only instruments synthesised by tablet computers. They used a particular term for such a band. But now that paper is lost.

Can anybody tell me what word is used for a music-band that use computer synthesised instrument.

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    Are your referring to techno music?
    – Ast Pace
    Commented May 5, 2015 at 15:58
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    Are you thinking of techno? It designates a genre rather than a performer, but it can be used as an attributive, "a techno group". Commented May 5, 2015 at 16:00
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    Any music can be synthesized electronically :)
    – HarryCBurn
    Commented May 5, 2015 at 17:26
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    Please see my other post softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/q/19303/13550
    – user19443
    Commented May 5, 2015 at 17:36
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    that would be 1980s music
    – user6951
    Commented May 20, 2015 at 0:53

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Hm, lots of interpretations here.

If you're looking for a genre where the songs are primarily computer-synthesized music, I'd call that "electronic music", but this usually comes with some implicit awareness that you're referring to a particular style of music. e.g., most people think of electronic music along the lines of techno, EDM, chiptune, etc., whereas they might not classify a transcription of "classical music" played in MIDI as electronic music.

If synthesizers are the dominant instrument, I'd call it a "synth band" or a "synthpop band".

I noticed your emphasis on "tablet computers". If you mean tablet computers are necessary to the performance or recording, maybe you mean "Controllerism"? They use tablet computers (along with hacked-together electronic instruments of their own design) to compose and perform music.




In singular I think such a person may be referred to as an e-jay.

(Two or more people may get together on a collab and generate digital music/video).

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    wait... how many years ago?
    – PCARR
    Commented May 21, 2015 at 17:35

Such an assembly is often called a laptop orchestra, particularly when they play avant-garde or experimental music. Here is an example of a performance by the Stanford Laptop Orchestra and some interviews with the Princeton Laptop Orchestra.

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