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Electronic dance music (EDM)

Parent categories: electronic - dance - music

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Nowhere is the influence of electronic music on popular music greater than in the field of dance music. Electronic dance music is basically all dance music produced since the early 1980s, because all of the different styles have used electronic instruments. After all, there is no such thing as acoustic dance music of that era. [Nov 2005]


Roland 303 keyboard, acid house music machine The development of the techno sound in Detroit and house music in Chicago in the early to late 1980s, and the later acid house movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s all fuelled the development and acceptance of electronic music into the mainstream and to introduce electronic dance music to nightclubs. Electronic composition can create rhythms faster and more precise than is possible using traditional percussion. The sound of electronic dance music often features electronically altered sounds (samples) of traditional instruments and vocals. See dance music. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_music

Electronic dance music (1970s)

The idea of electronic dance music was in the air from 1975 on. Released as disco 12" records in the U.S., cuts like Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express"(1977) and "The Robots" came after Giorgio Moroder's electronic productions for Donna Summer, especially the 1975 "I Feel Love." This in turn had a huge influence on Patrick Cowley's late '70s productions for Sylvester: synth cuts like "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real" and "Stars" were the start of gay disco. --Jon Savage, The Village Voice Summer 1993 "Rock & Roll Quarterly" insert

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