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The Encyclopedia of Electronic Dance Music

This was originally posted on Plurlife.com to help people new to EDM understand the different types a little bit better. All credit goes to Tofu <3

Hello and welcome newbies to Tofus guide to electronic dance music! This guide will allow all those new to electronic dance music to understand all the genres of EDM (electronic dance music) that are out there just waiting to be listened to, and for those experienced listeners, maybe discover some subgenres they never knew about!

Of course this guide wont cover every single subgenre of every genre out there because that would take forever. But it will cover the most fundamental and popular ones out there and i did fuse alot of them into 1 to try and generalize the sound.
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there maybe (probably are lol) incomplete portions where i got lazy/forgot something. or maybe you see something you think you can update better or contribute to. feel free to send me whatever contributions you wish to add or update and ill check em out)

So lets begin!

Ambient - Downtempo - Psybient - Triphop

These are basically your chillout/tripout genres right here. Beats are slower, but in exchange you get more layers of sounds going which creates a sort of 'trippy' atmosphere. Dont mistake this for just being something to relax to though. these djs still bring it each time they play and drop some pretty dope sets that will make your body move! Downtempo is a laid-back electronic music style similar to ambient music, but usually with a beat or groove unlike the beatless forms of Ambient music. The beat is sometimes made from loops that have a hypnotic feeling. Sometimes the beats are more complicated and more featured instead of being in the background, but even then they are usually less intense than other kinds of electronic music like Trance

artists include: Bluetech, Shpongle, Ott, Beats Antique, Thievery Corporation, Phutureprimitive, Boards Of Canada, Sounds From The Ground,

Trip Hop

Trip hop is a music genre that refers to a musical trend that began in the mid-1990s of downtempo electronic music and grew out of England's hip hop and house scenes, including the Bristol underground scene. It has been described as "Europe's alternative choice in the second half of the '90s", and a fusion "of Hip-Hop and Electronica until neither genre is recognizable.

Common musical aesthetics include a bass-heavy drumbeat, often emulating the slowed breakbeat samples typical of Hip Hop in the 1990s. Vocals in Trip Hop are often female and feature characteristics of various singing styles including R'n'B, Jazz and Rock. The vocals are not the focus of the music though which is one of the things that truly differs it from hip-hop.

Artists include: Thievery corporation, DJ Shadow, Gorillaz, Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead, DJ Spooky, DJ Krush, Tokimonsta

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This genre is one of the oldest of the electronic genres dating easily back to the 80s when it originated as 'Freestyle'. Very close to its 4/4 cousin 'house music', high energy Breakbeats were once the top of the LA demand list but soon fell off and pretty much became a Miami fl. thing only. Nowadays breaks pretty much clear the dance floor unless its artists like 'the freestylers' or 'the prodigy'. but that doesnt mean this genre isnt sick!!! some of the most talented djs come from this genre including: Krafty Kutz, Aquasky, Stanton Warriors, and even the Chemical Brothers as well as the previously mentioned. Most of the hate towards this genre is due to ignorance amongst new people that arnt used to the beat or the fact that this genre is geared towards good dancers and isnt easy for new people to just step into. All of these sick artists have currently modified/updated their styles to accommodate modern day demands including infusing breaks with fidget wobble to pretty much reinvent the genre.

artists include: Krafty Kutz, Stanton Warriors, The Freestylers, The Prodigy, Broadbeatz, Breakfastaz, Aquasky

Drum and Bass - Jungle

The genre is characterized by fast breakbeats (typically between 160–190 bpm, occasional variation is noted in older compositions), with heavy bass and sub-bass lines. Drum and bass began as an offshoot of the United Kingdom rave scene of the very early 1990s. Over the first decade of its existence, the incorporation of elements from various musical genres led to many permutations in its overall style.

The difference between drum and bass and jungle is really the amount and speed/energy of drums in the background where jungle is the crazier sounding of the 2 with the constant amen break pounding through.
Drum and Bass has an integrated percussion and bass structure while jungle has a distinct bass line separated from the percussion.
The relatively simple drum break beats of modern Drum and Bass (generally a two-step beat) are less complex than the 'chopped' 'Amen' breakbeats of jungle.

Artists include: Logistics, High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Original Sin, Taxman, Noisia, Evol Intent, Andy C, Pendulum, Subfocus, Limewax, Current Value

Darkstep (dnb - jungle)

Darkstep is a sub-genre of Drum and Bass commonly known as Hard Drum n Bass which became popular in the late 1990s. It combines the dark elements of Darkcore jungle with highly energetic breakbeats to create a harder sound then normal drum n bass. Samples commonly used to achieve this include the amen break and the firefight break. A typical darkstep track is characterized by the energy of the drums and bassline, and ambient noises similar to those used in neurofunk. It generally does not follow any musical scales, tending to use chromatic scales and other dissonant elements to create a dark atmosphere.

Artists include: Current value, Limewax, Noisia, Spor, Black Sun Empire, Concord Dawn, Evol Intent, Typecell

Jumpup - Clownstep (dnb)

Jump-Up is a subgenre of drum and bass that was first popular in the mid-1990s. Tunes typically were light-hearted, featuring hip hop samples and loud melodic basslines. The term is derived from the earlier use of "jump-up" to refer to tracks with often ambient intros which altered their style at the drop, often by breaking into amen breakbeats. This would make the crowd "jump up" and dance. Around 1994 it began to be more exclusively applied to records with hip hop samples and oscillating basslines, such as Suburban Bass artists Dream Team and DJ Hype, and by 1995 more specifically to the style associated with DJ Zinc and Ganja Records.
It is usually characterized by basslines that have a filter shaping LFO on them which gives the bass a ‘wobble’ sound accompanied by uptempo drum loops. Most frequently in modern Jump-Up, an element of highly energetic ‘stabs’ are often heard.

Artists include: Original Sin, Taxman, Pendulum, Dj Hazard, Twisted Individual, Micky Finn, Danny Thunders

Liquid funk (jungle)

Liquid funk (alternatively, Liquid Drum & Bass or Liquid) is a sub-genre of drum and bass. While it uses similar basslines and bar layouts to other styles, it contains fewer bar-oriented samples and more instrumental layers (both synthesized and natural), harmonies, and ambience, producing a calmer atmosphere directed at both home listeners and nightclub audiences.

Artists include: Logistics, High Contrast, Camo & Crooked, The Brookes Brothers, Cyantific, Netsky, London Elektricity

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Electronica - Electropop - Electroclash - Indie Electro

Electropop (also called technopop) is a form of electronic music that is made with synthesizers, and which first flourished from 1978 to 1983. The genre has seen a revival of popularity and influence since the late 2000s. The term was used primarily during the 1980s to describe a form of synthpop characterized by an emphasized electronic sound — often described as cold and robotic — and by minimal arrangements. This was mainly due to the limitations of the analog synthesizers and recording techniques used at the time, but has since become a stylistic choice. Often these genres are performed with live singers and with full bands .

Electroclash is a style of music that fuses New Wave and electronic dance music

Indie Electro is a fusion of electroclash or indie dance and electro and usually features vocals over the track to create the feeling of a song instead of just repetitious loops. This genre is often mistaken for straight electro.

Artists include: The Twelves, Cut Copy, Ladytron, Friendly Fires, Hey Champ, Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem

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Glitch - GlitchHop

Over the past couple years this genre has been blowing up fast although it originated in the early to mid 90s. To break it down, this genre is based on taking triphop/hipbop beats(although some artists use other beats as well) and chopping up the loops and samples and basically finding ways to add ******** noises to a track to create dynamics that you cant get from just an ordinary song. This is not an easy genre to produce since it can be tedious doing the edits needed to get the full 'glitching' effect and often times djs will use external hardware such as an 'akai/glitch pad' to help them create the chopped up sounds. as of now, house artists such as wolfgang gartner and justice are finding ways to encorporate the glitch effect over house beats and it really sounds quite amazing. Glitch is pretty impressive to watch live since it requires the artist to recreate the song on the spot where as most artists just autoplay a track, which makes what you hear during some glitch artists live performances impossible to find(such as lazer sword) as normal download since they were created on the fly.

Artists include: Laser Sword, The Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, BreatBeatBuddha, Vibesquad, Bassnectar, Flying Lotus, Edit, Ooah, djozr, Alva Noto

.:Glitch - Hop:.

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Garage - Dubstep - Grime - 2step - Brostep

Originating from the UK, these scenes have been huge for the past 2 decades and only continue to grow as they evolve. I could go on forever trying to describe all these genres but im gonna try to simplify them as much as possible. UK garage is a descendant of house music. UK garage usually features a distinctive syncopated 4-4 percussive rhythm with 'shuffling' hi-hats and beat-skipping kick drums. One popular mutation of UK Garage is Dubstep, originally a dark take on the 2step Garage sound, according to Kode9, the bass used takes influence from Jamaican music such as reggae music. Dubstep was originated by Garage producers such as Wookie, Zed Bias, Shy Cookie, El-b and Artwork (Arthur Smith of DND), who inspired a new generation of producers such as Skream, Benga, Kode9 and Digital
Mystikz to create what is now known as Dubstep.

Grime is typified by complex 2-step breakbeats, generally around 140 beats per minute and constructed from "different" sounds. Stylistically, grime takes from many genres including UK Garage, dancehall and hip hop. The lyrics and music combine futuristic electronic elements and dark, guttural bass lines.

artists include: the streets, dizzee rascal, caspa, skream, benga, flux pavillion, Zed Bias, Wookie, Steve Gurley

here are some examples of these popular UK genres;




.: Dubstep :.


the only thing that even remotely attaches this subgenre with dubstep is the fact that they use the same drum patterns. other then that, this genre has completely shed all reggae roots away and replaced low bass tones with higher pitched mechanical noises. this is the more mainstream version of the dubstep genre that is commonly heard at parties today and often mistaken for true dubstep. It got the term brostep because this music tends to attract a more aggressive angst ridden crowd (usually SRH 'Bros') and induce feelings of violence instead of the mellow relaxing feeling of normal dubstep.

artists include: doctor p, flux pavillion, excision, datsik, borgore,

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Hardcore - Gabber - Happy Hardcore - Terrorcore - Freeform

One of the original rave musics dating with production as far back as the 80s, Hardcore is a type of electronic music typified by a fast tempo, and the rhythmic use of distorted and atonal industrial-like beats and samples. The essence of the gabber sound is a distorted kick sound, overdriven to the point where it becomes clipped into a distorted square wave and makes a recognizably melodic tone.

Happy hardcore is a form of dance music known for its very quick tempo, usually around 165-180 bpm, often coupled with male or female vocals and sentimental lyrics.

Freeform hardcore - Hardcore with strong influence of trance, mainly instrumental.

and then terrorcore....lol. Most commonly, terrorcore is described as many sounds synthesized to create a 'terror effect' on the music over a much faster beat ranging from 180-600bpms, with regular, and slightly louder sounds including growls, screams, heavy metal sounds that a DJ may sample from records of metal bands, and samples from horror movies

Artists include: Hixxy, Dougal & Gammer, Scott Brown, Stormtrooper, Darren Styles



.:Happy Hardcore:.

.:True Hardcore:.



Hardstyle is an electronic dance music genre mixing influences from hardtechno, hard trance, hardcore and rave music. The average tempo is between 140 and 160 bpm (beats per minute). The hardstyle sound typically consists of a "heavy" sounding kick, intense reverse basslines, and "adrenaline-rushing" melodies. Hardstyle is mainly produced in the Netherlands, Belgium , Italy & United Kingdom

Artists include: Showtek, Dj Zany, Donkey Rollers, Blutonium Boy, The Prophet, Headhunterz, Technoboy

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House Music

Acid House

Acid house is a sub-genre of house music that emphasizes a repetitive, hypnotic and trance-like style, often with samples or spoken lines rather than sung lyrics. It was the influence and the origin for the Psytrance/Goa genre due to its 'acid' like sound fx. Acid house's core electronic squelch sounds were developed by mid-1980s DJs from Chicago who experimented with the Roland TB-303 electronic synthesizer-sequencer. The first acid house records were produced in Chicago, Illinois. Phuture, a group founded by Nathan "DJ Pierre" Jones, Earl "Spanky" Smith Jr., and Herbert "Herb J" Jackson, is credited with having been the first to use the TB-303 in the house music context. The group's 12-minute "Acid Tracks" was recorded to tape and was played by DJ Ron Hardy at the Music Box, where Hardy was resident DJ. Hardy once played it four times over the course of an evening until the crowd responded favorably.(lol)

Deep House

Deep house is a subgenre of house music that fuses elements of Chicago house into the 1980s jazz-funk and touches of soul music. Very bass driven and often using real bass sounds over the music.

Electro House - Fidget House/Indie Electro - Dirty Dutch

Electro house is a fusion genre of several electronic dance music subgenres that came into prominence in the 2000 decade. Stylistically, it combines the minimal-processed four to the floor beats commonly found in house music with harmonically rich analogue or digital basslines derived from electrotech. Its hard to say when the first electro tracks came out, although some would credit Mr Oizo's 'flat beat' released in 1999 and benny bennassi's 'satisfaction' as the first mainstream tracks to be heard. The genre has since exploded and evolved into subgenres: Fidget, Dutch Electro, and Electro hop.

Fidget house is a style of house music that is "defined by snatched vocal snippets, pitch-bent dirty basslines and rave-style synth stabs over glitchy 4/4 beats. often defined as 'electro with dubstep basslines'.

Dirty Dutch - Dutch Electro is a newer spawn of electro house that doesnt follow the standard 4/4 beat patterns. it has a noticeable different sound then standard electro tracks where the beats follow almost that of latin congo music

Indie Electro: (see Electronica)

Artists Include: Wolfgang Gartner, Le Castlevanie, Designer Drugs, Justice, Daft Punk, Digitalism



.: Dirty Dutch:.

.:Indie Electro:.

Hard House

Proper hard house is typified by a set formula of up-tempo house music compressed kick drums, signature style off-beat basslines and the use of 'hoover' type sounds. In contempt of the name it shares some parts in style with house music, but borrows elements heavily from trance music (synths and sometimes breakdown formula), and hardcore/rave music (hoover sounds, chants). Generally, hard house is part of a wider group of styles called Hard Dance and has little in common with the modern trance or house scenes going for a stronger storm sound.

Artists include: Lisa Lashes, DJ Irene, Richard Vission, The Tidy Boys, Bad Boy Bill,

Minimal Techno

Minimal house strips house music down to a more minimal and sparse aesthetic, in the same vein as tech house. Its relationship to house and tech house music can be compared to the relationship between minimal techno and the harder techno genres. Like house and techno, microhouse is built around a 4/4 time signature. A noticeable difference between microhouse and house is the replacement of typical house kick drums, hi-hats and other drum machine samples with clicks, static, glitches, and small bits of noise. Minimal artists often experiment with different forms of sampling to achieve this effect.

artists include: Steve Stoll, Gui Boratto, Dubfire, Pantha du Prince, Daniel Bell, Richie Hawtin, Mr C, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Trentemøller, Claude VonStroke

Progressive House

Originating in the United Kingdom, progressive was originally a blend of German trance and house. More electronic sounds are used in progressive house, like analog synths, which brings it closer to techno than the more soulful house. Generally faster than house, progressive is also known for its big dramatic builds, crescendos and breakdowns.

Artists include: Deadmau5, Thomas Schwartz, Gabriel & Dresden, Quivver, Mark Knight, Jaytech, Nicky Romero


How to even begin to describe one of the oldest most diverse genres around...hmm. gonna have to simplify (sry technofans) Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan in the mid to late 1980s. The first recorded use of the word techno, in reference to a genre of music, was in 1988. Many styles of techno now exist, but Detroit techno is seen as the foundation upon which a number of subgenres have been built. This genre can range from fast and hard and dark to trippy to super slow and deep but always has the driving bass and drumline behind it.

"Techno" is also commonly confused with generalized descriptors, such as electronic music and dance music, meaning, people think 'techno' is the entire EDM as a whole/ all EDM is 'techno' music. lol.

Artists include: Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Speedy J, Umek, Adam X, Frankie Bones, Chris Liberator, Scooter, A Guy Called Gerald

Tribal House

Tribal house is a subgenre of house music similar in structure to deep house, but providing elements of drum & bass imitated as African tribal rhythms with very simplistic composition. The genre remains one of the most minimalist in history of electronic dance music since the appearance of house in the mid-nineties and up to the recent days.In many tribal house tracks, it is rare to find a core melody or prolonged synth sound, such as those found in house music and similar electronic music styles. Instead, tribal house tracks rely on sophisticated drum patterns for their rhythm. A track can consist of several different drum sounds.

artists include: Calderone & Quayle, X-Press 2, Superchumbo

Tech House

Tech house is a subgenre of house music that mixes elements of minimal techno into simple, 4-to-4 beats found in soulful deep house. The genre came to prominence in the late-1990s atmosphere of American clubs as soul influenced Detroit-style techno that also borrowed elements from house before reaching Europe. As one reviewer for Amazon.com suggested, this style fuses "steady techno rhythms with the soul and accessibility of house'.

artists include: Paolo Mojo, John Dahlback, Riva Starr

Tekstyle / French Tek

Ah, hardstyle's rival and cousin at the same time. These genres mainly popular in France and Belgium. French tek is not much of a style anymore, hence why Tekstyle was born. Not to say French Tek isn't still alive, it is, but less than usual. Here is the breakdown:


French Tek is a genre from France, obviously. It is sort of an offshoot of the Hard House genre from Chicago, not to be confused by UK's version of hard house. French Tek is known for it's hard, usually distorted 4/4 kick drum and it's random sounds from industrial noises to beeps, and sometimes other noises. It's up to the producer. The sounds come in random offbeat signatures. This genre is NOT to be confused with Hardtek or Techno.


Tekstyle is also a genre from France, and actually Belgium as well. As French Tek died, and Jumpstyle was still popular, they combined both genres to make, wait! You guessed it, Tekstyle. It's a combination of Jumpstyle and French Tek. It has a pounding distorted, yet flat kick drum, similiar to chicago's hard house. It is usually melody driven, and is really known for it's extremely chopped and glitched melodies. This is to emulate the randomness of French Tek.

Now for the examples!

.:French Tek:.

Artists: DJ Skep, Binum, Labtek, DJ Seb B, Mark With A K, various others


Artists: Dr Rude, Demoniak, Fenix, Mode Seven, Loic D, W4CKO, various others.

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Industrial (aka electro-industrial) - EBM - Aggrotech

Industrial music is a style of experimental popular music that draws on transgressive themes and is often associated with countercultural angst and anger. While ideologically linked to punk music, industrial music is generally more complex and diverse, both sonically and lyrically. Electro-industrial is a music genre drawing on EBM(electronic body music) and industrial music that developed in the mid-1980s. While EBM has a minimal structure and clean production, electro-industrial has a deep, complex and layered sound. The style was pioneered by Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, and other groups, either from Canada or the Benelux. In the mid-'90s, the style spawned the dark electro and aggrotech offshoots. The fan base for the style is linked to the rivethead subculture (although not everyone who primarily listens to industrial is a rivethead).

Aggrotech is an evolution of electro-industrial and dark electro with a strong influence from hardcore techno that first surfaced in the mid-1990s. Its sound is typified by harsh song structures, aggressive beats and lyrics of a militant, pessimistic or explicit nature. Typically, the vocals are distorted and pitch-shifted to sound hoarse, harsh and synthetic.

artists include: Psyclon Nine, Combichrist, Tactical Sekt, Funker Vogt, God Module, Grendel, Suicide Commando, X-Fusion, Wumpscut

IDM (intelligent dance music)

Intelligent dance music (commonly IDM) is a term that describes an electronic music genre that emerged in the early 1990s at the end of the British rave era. The genre is influenced by a wide range of musical styles particularly electronic dance music such as Detroit Techno. Stylistically, IDM tends to rely upon individualistic experimentation rather than on a particular set of musical characteristics and can mimic different genres or even fuse different genres of EDM.

Artists include: Modeselektor, Aphex Twin, The Orb, Noisia, Future Sound of London, Bjork, Orbital, Plastikman, chris clark, autechre, µ-ziq, nathan fake,ulrich schnauss,richard devine, jega, boxcutter, *mira calix


Trance is a genre of electronic dance music that developed in the 1990s. Trance music is generally characterized by a tempo of between 120 and 140 BPM, short melodic synthesizer phrases, and a musical form that builds up and down throughout a track. It is a combination of many forms of music such as industrial, techno, and house. The name is undoubtedly linked to the ability of music to induce an altered state of consciousness known as a trance. The effect of some trance music has been likened to the trance-inducing music created by ancient shamanists during long periods of drumming.

Hard Trance/Hard Dance

Hard Trance is a genre of music that originated in Germany in the early to mid-90's and is one of the earliest forms of trance. It was one of the most common forms of Trance throughout the decade, characterized by strong kicks, with a very dry and heavy sound. Now it is much more rare compared to other forms of Trance and House music, but still has a close fanbase in Japan, the UK, and other parts of Europe, as well as the citys of Melbourne and Sydney in Australia.

Progressive Trance

As one of the branches of trance music, progressive trance is characterized as being mellower than other varieties. It also has a slower beat that usually consists of 130 to 140 beats per minute. Progressive trance in itself branches into different styles that range from tribal to pop. Despite the differences, the styles have certain shared traits. Progressive trance usually has a less significant melody and relies mostly on the atmospheric or background sound.

Artists include: sasha and digweed, Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Paul Oakenfold, James Holden, Luke Chable, Trans

Psychedelic Trance/Goa

The origins of this genre began on the beaches of Goa, India when misplaced hippies began throwing all night parties on the beach where mass drugs would be consumed and djs would experiment by playing old records in new ways such as time stretching and mixing with sound fx. The sounds of acid house and industrial EBM found their way into sets and from there people began experimenting with a new sound using acid house as the foundation. Completely blown away by these new sounds, djs from around europe and middle east that were attending these parties, fled back to their countries to begin trying to recreate these sounds immediately. From there the sounds of Goa began to explode. The original goal of the music was to assist the dancers in experiencing a collective state of bodily transcendence, similar to that of ancient shamanic dancing rituals, through hypnotic, pulsing melodies and rhythms. The music would feature world instruments such as middle eastern and oriental sounding strings and drums.

From this sound emerged psytrance. Around 1995/96 the goa sound evolved into a more fast paced dancefloor friendly sound and took off. The original goa sound began to die off as most producers moved towards producing psytrance instead. Since then dif forms of psytrance have evolved including: Dark Psy: which features a more evil darker sound, full on psy: which is a more dance floor fast paced energy style, and progressive which is a more relaxed lulled out sound much resembling its original Goa style in the 90s but with a more trance based sound to it.

Artists include: Astrix, Astral Projection, Eskimo, Hallucinogen, X-Noize, Delirious, GMS, Quadra, Yahel, Talamasca, Eat Static

Tech Trance

Tech Trance incorporates traditional elements of Techno, with its repetitive nature and strong 4/4 beat, while deriving the melodic elements from Trance. Tech Trance compositions tend to have a tempo of around 135-150 beats per minute. Tech Trance tends to utilize a more driving sound while commonly using distortion as an effect on the melodies. Tech trance is very similar in energy and nature to psytrance which is why modern day techtrance djs like to mix the 2 genres into their sets.

Artists include: Christopher Lawrance, Marco V, John 00 Flemming, Sander Van Doorn, M-Project, Simon Patterson, W&W

Uplifting - Epic Trance

Uplifting trance, also known as epic trance and anthem trance, emotional trance, or euphoric trance is a term to describe this style of trance. The name, which emerged in the wake of progressive trance in 1997, is derived from the feeling which listeners claim to get (often described as a "rush" ). The genre, which originated in Germany, is massively popular in the trance scene, and is one of the dominant forms of dance music worldwide.

In general, uplifting trance is a style much lighter in tone than other trance genres (such as Goa). Instead of the darker tone of Goa, uplifting trance uses similar chord progressions as progressive trance, but tracks' chord progressions usually rest on a major chord, and the balance between major and minor chords in a progression will determine how "happy" or "sad" the progression sounds.

Artists include: 4strings, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Aly and Fila, Bjorn Akesson, Daniel Kandi, Sean Tyas, Andy Blueman, Jason van Wyk

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Hands-Up aka Dancecore / Eurotrance

This is a music genre that started in Germany, after the German Bass/German Happy Hardcore scene ended and when the Early Hardstyle scene was beginning. It is rarely produced outside of Germany, but it is and used to be well known outside of Germany, except most people call it Techno or Techno Trance or Happy Trance... This is not the case. Basically sounds like a slower version of Happy Hardcore, and is not always happy sounding. It was made more for dancing. Inside Germany it is commonly called "Techno" even though this is not the correct terminology, thus they not even caring. Commonly known for it's melodies and electro sounding bassline, with hardstyle drums. It is still produced today, but mainly is trying to follow the trend of electro-house and modern styles, usually with a nustyle type kick at the outro and also usually remixing pop songs. It also incorporated Jumpstyle into it's sounds during 2007 and early 2008.


.:Hands Up + Jumpstyle:.

.:New HandsUp

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EBM and Aggrotech are much different than actual real Industrial. They are forms of Post-Industrial, and only really share a tiny bit of qualities with Industrial, like heavily use of samples, complex structures(as you mentioned), etc. But mainly there's very little in common between them.
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EBM and Aggrotech are much different than actual real Industrial. They are forms of Post-Industrial, and only really share a tiny bit of qualities with Industrial, like heavily use of samples, complex structures(as you mentioned), etc. But mainly there's very little in common between them.

This is due to much laziness.

They were just hashed together.

I understand though c:
wow this is quite the post
Absence of disco house is almost insulting D:
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Absence of disco house is almost insulting D:

No, you see; if i was to describe disco house; there would be no room for anyone to post in this thread ever.
It's a compliment. ;D
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Absence of disco house is almost insulting D:

No, you see; if i was to describe disco house; there would be no room for anyone to post in this thread ever.
It's a compliment. ;D

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Best thread ever. Great way to sum up the genres, and nice examples to go with it.

Let's see Ishkur try to outsmart this one ;P

I am going to add one of my own into this one, since no one quite knows this genre or what it is.

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