Webster's 1913 Unabridged
This techno music I speak of is not
merely a type of music as is rock and roll, but a whole way to make
music. With genres ranging from the slow trance to fast energetic
The differences between these genres
is easy to tell, but artists often blur the lines, so sometimes distinguishing
between them can be different.
As the focus of this website has changed
over time, I have limited the description of electronic music; to
start you on with your quest, I have included an exerpt from the X-RADIO
page describing the different genres.
Ambient, Intelligent Dance Music (IDM)
Brian Eno (a key figure in the development of ambient music) is often
quoted as saying that"[ambient music]... must be as ignorable
as it is interesting." Ambient music and it's hybrids I.D.M.
(intelligent dance music) and Space Music and ambient ______ (insert
sub genre here) seem to be applied to any beatless music or any electronically
composed or constructed music under 90bpm. We like to think of ambient
& as something for your "mind, body, and soul". Yes
it could be an hour long recording of running water or kids playing
or it maybe fabulously textured electronic music, in the end who really
cares? - just listen and enjoy.
Dub & Reggae
Dub's influence on electronic music is enormous yet constantly ignored.
Essentially it was ska, rocksteady & reggae tracks dubbed, i.e.
with the vocals removed and pressed on the B-side of a 7-inch single,
an instrumental version if you will. Then Studio Engineers like
King Tubby & Scientist played with these 'versions' adding echo
& reverb and delay etc and produced what is beautifully described
as an "x-ray of music".
Currently a commercial catch-all title for anything composed by electronic
means, we prefer to use to describe those electronic (eclectic) artists
who push the boundaries of electronic music, cross genres and mess
with your mind
Like jazz, hip hop is an American art form that has taken on international
dimensions. With it's origins in South Bronx , New York block parties
and influenced by Jamaican-style toasting lyrics as well as disco
and funk beats, hip hop has become the premire form of 20th century
poetic expression. It's signified by it's rhyming lyrics, downtempo
drum machine beats and up-front sesibilities often incorporating soul,
jazz and funk samples. True hip hop differs from so called "rap"
music in that it's stridently independent, originating from a vibrant
underground scene with a more musically original sound. X-Radio is
proud to carry the finest examples of true Hip Hop music both in instrumental
and vocal formats. Hip Hop also includes the sub-genre of "turntablism"
which is the highest form of the DJ art of mixing, scratching and
"Disco sucks!" that's what THEY said (but it didn't) and
then along came some clever individuals and gave disco a new lease
of life as adding soulful vocals, better percussion & basslines
and occasional horn sections, add developing keyboard & drum machine
technology et voila - House! "Music that makes you want
to dance around your house" -Farley "Jackmaster" Funk.
House Typically involves a steady 4-4 beat, a melodic bassline, occasionally
pianos & female vocals. Possibly the most successful of
all electronic or dance music genres, often diluted & ripped off
to please drunken crowds at enormous clubs and constantly mistaken
as a flag bearer for all electronic music
Jungle, Breakbeat, Drum 'n' Bass
"Feel the Jungle Vibe babe" Borrowing heavily from Ragga
(reggae style rythmns sped-up with rasta-like vocals), jungle exploded
onto London Dancefloors typified by its incredibly sped-up looped
drum riffs reinforced with 909 drum machine kicks and chest rumbling
bass, it became popular as an antidote to a then tired rave scene.
Drum n Bass soon followed , essentially a techno meets jungle
hybrid, think guys with keyboards and samplers adding stuff to the
early sound. These days it is split into multiple sub-genres including
Dark, Tech-step, Intelligent etc to be argued over by those with more
time than musical creativity.
Lots of clever people from Berlin & Detroit (and other places)
in the late 70s and early 80s found that new electronic instruments
and studio techniques could be made into "real" music. Drum
machines, samplers, sequencers and emulators allowed musicians
to do things electronically that people had only dreamed of. Early
pioneers like Kraftwerk from Germany had broad success and more mainstream
pop bands rapidly adopted keyboards and drum machines into their acts,
sometimes completely replacing traditional instruments like guitars
etc. Typified by a 4-4 beat and a pure electronic sound (i.e. not
electronics attempting to sound like 'real' instruments), techno is
a blanket term for so much electronic music, it's not worth defining.
Trance, Psychedelic Trance, Goa
Take the pounding techno beat, speed it up a bit, give it a mantra,
some tripped out vocal samples or alien and/or psychedelic mushroom
and/or LSD references, add lots of Roland 303 basslines (that wiggidy
squiddy sound). For Goa add lots of eastern names/references (Goa
is a place in India where many english & australian trance heads
spend time each summer listening to trance and finding themselves.)
"Morning tunes" refers to generally slower tunes for the
morning (yes those kids stay out ALL night long dancing) For Psy-Trance
or Psychedelic trance add tons of psychedelic references/samples
or if in England, make it pounding mate so they can be 'avinit large.
I urge you to checkout the Selekta.com,
we have a very extensive collection of Real Audio and MP3 files of
many different genres for you to sample.