The ever-spreading branches of the electronic music tree…

Posted on 23 March, 2007. Filed under: Dance music, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, Music, Music Genre |

One of the questions I find most difficult to answer when it comes to dance or electronic music is “what style of music is that?”. Gone are the days of being able to call anything “tech” and get away with it.

I’ve been attempting to put together a comprehensive “family tree” of electronic music. It’s starting to look more like a warren of epic proportions, dug by a rabbit on speed.

What’s also difficult is defining the exact elements of each style and from there placing different pieces of music in to the particular style groups.

So, like any good member of the virtual community, I turned to Wikipedia for some sort of directional framework. Unfortunately, they’re about as far as I am with getting it all in to some sort of order.

It seems electronic music can be broadly defined as follows:
early experimental and classical styles (electronic art music, musique concrète)
industrial and synth pop styles of the 1980s
general dance styles (eg. italo disco, techno, house, trance, electro, breakbeat, jungle, drum and bass, Gabber)
general experimental styles (IDM, glitch, Breakcore, trip-hop)

While I don’t know if I completely agree with this categorisation, it’s a useful starting point for getting your head around the jungle (no pun intended) that is electronic music.


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