An Overview of Electronic Dance Music in the 1980s
Dance music from the 80s is popular among young people and has remained so, despite the popularity of hip hop and rap music of the same decade. In fact, the genre has been around longer than most people realize. It started out as a form of non-commercial music and as such has been able to evolve and expand its fan base over the years. It has gone through several genres, including soft ballad, Gothic, new age, pop, and techno. As it has evolved, electronic dance music has stayed true to its roots with minimal influences from other styles.
Some early electronic dance music was recorded using large synthesizers that generated sounds using speakers. Other songs used drum machines with pads that strikes at various pitches. As the music became more popular, the production methods have stayed true to the originals, using a set of audio tracks for the tracks.
One of the pioneers of the new electronic dance music was the German DJ Reinhold Menges. He began producing electronic dance music in the late eighties, using a combination of traditional German folk and pop instruments as well as computer software. His synthesizer sounds were very distinctive and he gained a reputation for his musical style that was unheard of at the time. He was also an innovator when it came to using the latest technology to create his tracks.
Since then, many other DJs have taken up the idea of creating electronic dance music that is modern and experimental. Electronic dance music has moved from being primarily a German invention to other parts of the world in the last twenty years. The sounds and beats are produced on computers and then sent through headphones to be played back. The sounds may come from a wide range of musical sources including drums, vocals, or keyboards. The sounds are then processed through a series of effects to create a track that may be popular with clubbers, yet may not necessarily have the feel of traditional dance music.
The roots of electronic dance music can be traced back to the early eighties. It then gradually moved underground, where it is believed it would gain more popularity. In the early nineties, electronic dance music slowly began to make its way to mainstream popularity. At this point, it began to gain popularity in the United States and was featured on numerous late night television shows, from nationwide radio stations to cable television networks. It was also able to rise to near stardom in Europe, as well, with the release of “Wake Me Up” by Don Henley and “Echo Kids” by Nirvana.
The growth of electronic dance music has continued in the past decade and has reached unprecedented levels in popularity. Many of the songs are rising to Top 100 on the US pop chart. It can be noted that during this period, electronic dance music has completely taken the world by storm. The styles vary from hard techno trance to hip hop and everything in between. Many of these songs have also gone on to become huge worldwide hits, earning the artists a substantial amount of commercial success and revenue.
A popular form of electronic dance music is break dance. This style is characterized by quick rhythmic beats that create an intense, futuristic dance experience. The music gained popularity with the rise of urban dance culture in the early to mid 90s. With break dance, break dancers move together in a seamless flow, allowing the beat to carry the song.
Other styles of electronic dance music are Brazilian, Spanish, Japanese, Middle Eastern, fusion, abstract, new age, fusion, and many others. These diverse styles draw from a number of musical backgrounds, but all seek to create an intense and exciting dance experience for the listener. Electronic dance music continues to evolve and grow in both popularity and influence.