Acoustic is a branch of science that studies the physics of sound and the way in which sounds are employed to make music. Therefore, acoustic music is defined by natural sounds that are produced without the use of electricity and electronics. While acoustic music covers a broad range of musical genres, the term was first coined to denote music played on an acoustic guitar as opposed to an electric guitar. As such, acoustic music can be found in a variety of musical genres. This includes folk, singer-songwriter, rock, elctro-acoustic, instrumental, piano, pop, guitar, Americana, bluegrass, and roots.
Acoustic music has its origins in 1960s folk music and was popularised by the television show ‘MTV Unplugged’ in the 1990s. Acoustic performances soon became colloquially referred to as “unplugged” performances. While many acoustic artists often increase the volume of their output using electronic amplifiers, it is merely used to reproduce the natural sound accurately so that the focus remains on the instrumentation and vocals.
Australian Acoustic Bands
Acoustic music is very popular in Australia, with many rising artists (as well as established names) often performing in bars and pubs. Prominent Australian acoustic artists include Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, Casey Barnes, Vanessa Amorosi, and Jimmy Little. Australian acoustic bands are not in short supply either, with notable names including Taxiride, Angus & Julia Stone, The Bedroom Philosopher, Women in Docs, and The Paradise Motel.
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