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Can Texture be understood differently in electronic music?

Yes, and no. Yes in that texture often does have a different definition when discussed by electronic music producers, and no in that it already has a specific definition in music theory.

From a music theory perspective texture has a specific meaning that doesn’t change from one genre to another, however, many popular producers and electronic musicians often don’t have a traditional music theory background which means they’ll use the word texture very differently at times. There’s nothing wrong with non-traditional backgrounds, especially in the ever-evolving world of electronic music, but let’s clear up some of the potential confusion now.

Music theory definition of Texture:

Musical texture is how we describe the “density” of a musical piece; in simple terms, it’s looking at the number of distinct melodic voices.

In electronic music you’ll often hear producers discuss texture when referring to the way something sounds (timbre) or the orchestration of the piece (the way in which parts are assigned to sounds). It would be foolish to make an argument against this as it’s now a standard term in the industry, but it is important to remember that sometimes two musicians can use the same words to describe two completely different things.