Also known as EDM or club music, electronic dance music is a style of electronic music that is usually made for nightclub usage. Any place that features dance-based entertainment may feature electronic dance music (including outdoor festivals, raves, and dance competitions). Typically, this sort of music is made by DJs, who produce it with the intention of having it heard during their own DJ sets.
A DJ will plan a set where one electronic dance track flows into the next, thereby creating a “segue” (also called a mix) that is aesthetically pleasing to the DJ and to his target audience.
History of Electronic Dance Music
Electronic dance music is a type of music genre that is very percussive in nature. Types of music that fall under the electronic dance music category include disco, techno, house and trance. Electronic dance music evolved out of the club scene in the 1980s. Later, it took on new character as the rave scene of the later 80s began to bring forth more intense tracks that suited the tastes of ravers and acid house partygoers.
During the later years of the 1970s, disco was the primary form of electronic dance music. Famous examples of electronic dance tracks that made it into the mainstream include Donna Summer performances, such as “I Feel Love”. This song was a sensation in discos and also received significant airplay on the radio.
In the 1980s, disco became less popular. In fact, there was quite a backlash against this style of music. However, traditional disco was soon replaced by new directions in electronic dance music, such as electro, Industrial, freestyle, house and techno.
Until 1985, the term, electronic dance music, was not used in America. The phrase became more popular during the 1990s, when the American music industry adopted it and used it to describe current offerings from record companies. Today, most people do associate electronic dance music with club music. In fact, a lot of people call this style of music, “club music”.
How Electronic Dance Music is Produced?
Certain tools are typically used to produce this form of music. Examples of EDM tools include laptop computers, midi keyboards and mixer/sounds recorders. During the 80s, a lot of genres of popular music were made with electronic instruments, including keyboards, drum machines and sequencers. The genre was represented by the innovative and unique, post-modern sounds of these instruments.
Popular styles of electronic instruments that were used to create electronic dance music during the 80s included Korg M1 and Roland Jupiter synthesizers. Popular drum machine styles of that era included Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909 designs.
These days, advancements in digital technology make it simpler for musicians to get the electronic dance music effects that they want, via software that comes with sequencing, sampling, synthesizers, effects and multi-track capabilities.
This type of music comes from many different sound resources, including sounds registered by microphones and sounds produced by electronic oscillators, which generate basic acoustical wave forms, including sine waves, square waves and sawtooth waves, complex computer installations and microprocessors. Music may be recorded on tape and then edited in a more permanent format.
Electronic dance music is just one form of electronic music. For example, classical music that is performed with digital instruments, rather than typical symphony instruments, is still electronic music. However, since the focus of most electronic dance music is to get people moving in clubs, it’s usually associated with driving or hypnotic beats, rather than more refined sounds.
Buying Electronic Dance Music
This type of music is available in CD format, on vinyl, and, most commonly, in the form of digital downloads. For example, the hottest electronic dance tracks in the world may be accessed via digital music retailers, such as iTunes, which is run by Apple Incorporated. Other online retailers will also feature tracks and compilations of this type of dance music.
Today, many indie artists produce their music independently and offer free or low-cost downloads via their personal websites. Digital technology has changed the way that electronic dance music is sold and shared. That’s why it’s now quite simple to use the power of the World Wide Web to access all sorts of electronic dance music, from house to techno.