EDM (Electronic Dance Music)

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is a diverse genre comprising numerous sub-genres, including house, techno, trance, dubstep, and drum and bass. Its roots can be traced back to the early days of electronic music in the 1950s and 1960s, a period marked by the development of revolutionary electronic instruments like the synthesizer and sampler.

During the 1980s, two prominent sub-genres of EDM emerged in different regions. House music originated in Chicago and drew inspiration from disco, funk, and soul, gaining popularity in clubs and underground dance scenes in both Chicago and New York City before spreading worldwide. Meanwhile, in Detroit, Michigan, techno music also took shape during the same decade. Techno, heavily influenced by house music, featured a more industrial and futuristic sound, with an emphasis on machine-like rhythms and synthesized sounds.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, additional sub-genres of EDM, including trance, dubstep, and drum and bass, surfaced, each one incorporating diverse musical styles and cultural influences. These various sub-genres collectively contributed to the vibrant and ever-evolving landscape of electronic dance music.

EDM is characterised by its rhythm, tempo, and beats. Most EDM tracks are pretty fast, usually clocking in between 120 to 160 beats per minute. The rhythm is often built on a four-on-the-floor pattern, where the bass drum hits on every beat of the measure.

Producers rely predominantly on synthesizers and electronic instruments create a diverse variety sounds not usually possible with traditional instruments.

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