Music in which the sound material is not pre-recorded, but instead uniquely generated electronically, through oscillators and noise generators.
There are some, particularly in the United States, who use this term today as a synonym for electroacoustic music.
The German equivalent, Elektronische Musik has more precise historical connotations, referring to electronically generated post-serial composition that commenced in the early 1950s in the broadcast studios in Cologne. In French, electronic music is also currently used as a synonym for genres of popular electronic music such as techno. [EARS]