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Bouncy Techno

electronic music genres
sound of electronic music

Stylistically, bouncy techno is similar to gabber music, and actually derived from it. The main difference between these two is the feel of the music. Gabber will usually be harder, faster and less melodic, while this music will feature a "happier" sound (also known in the Netherlands as happy hardcore, sometimes also being called happy gabber). It features softer piano melodies, but played with gabber-like qualities.

This is one of the faster hardcore genres, generally rising to around 180 beats per minute, and usually not falling below 160 beats per minute. Singers are quite rare in this type of music, but short samples of vocals can be found, but aren't necessarily going to be used commonly either.

The thing that gives this music its special quality is the use of what is known as an "oom-pah," which is an offbeat note to be used in musical composition. Think of that song, you know which one... "Oom-pah loom-pah do-pa-di etc..." The "pahs" are the offbeat notes, and that's what gives this music the "bouncy" quality.

Dancing is a very important aspect of this music as well, were the dancers would focus on very fast leg movement (not to be confused with the Chicago's Juke, to be used in house music, more specifically, to be used in the sub-genre ghetto house).

history of electronic music

In the early 1990s, breakbeat hardcore was the prominent form of rave music in England, and this is what almost all DJs played at raves. In Scotland however, breakbeat hardcore wasn't as popular or accepted as other rave genres, and DJs had a hard time playing those type of sets at the nightclubs.

At around this time, in Scotland (because of the un-acceptance of hardcore breakbeat there) the genre known as gabber was created, the hardest of the hardcore. And this is where the more "bouncy" form of gabber comes into play. To keep the crowds happy and interested, the DJ mixed two very different styles. The hard, fast aggressive feel of gabber with softer instruments and the "bounce" effect, described earlier. And in this, the genre was created.

Not long after that, many artists and performers were trying to copy the first DJ to make this sound, as it pleased the crown and kept them interested.

During the middle parts of the 1990s, however, it started to fade out of popularity. This is due to the heavy drug use at these raves (police had started cracking down on these clubs, and it showed in the media) and even several deaths due to the use of these drugs. People started to turn against this type of music, and in turn, the market dwindled and became small.

After a few years passed and people had gotten over the media releases, it had a relaunch. The original artist had created a record label under the same name of the genre, but featured a more trance-inspired sound, which is now played the most commonly around the area as of the 2000s.

Bouncy Techno Specifications

Average Beats Per Minute: 160-180

Where It Originated: Scotland

Stylistically Similar To: Breakbeat Hardcore, Trance, Gabber

Year Developed: Early 1990s


General Hardcore - Back to the overview of hardcore.

4-Beat - Yes, it has four beats to the bar, along with other specifics.

Bouncy Techno - Deriving from gabber, while dawing influences from techno as well.

Breakbeat Hardcore - Hardcore breakbeats, influenced by techno and house music.

Darkcore - You won't be finding any happiness here.

Digital Hardcore - Fast, aggressive and full of attitude, these guys mean business.

Gabber - Be a Gabber for life and the Gabbers will welcome you with open beats.

Happy Hardcore - You won't be finding any darkness here.

Speedcore - It's fast, aggressive and angry. Perfectly fits into the hardcore puzzle.

UK Hardcore - Can you guess where this music comes from?

You are at bouncy techno.

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