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Electroclash (sometimes referred to by many names, including tech pop, new new wave, retro electro and synthcore) is a subgenre of house music that fuses electro and synthpop from the 1980s with techno and electronic dance music from the 1990s. With a fusion of that many genres, taking a piece from each of them, it will have many characteristics.

It will usually be in 4/4 time, with a bass drum landing on every quarter note, but some artists may use transitions in their songs (to change a verse into a chorus, a chorus into a bridge etc...), a snare being placed on the second and fourth notes is most common, and a funk inspired bassline is used quite frequently as well.

The songs are usually pretty simple in construction, typically using an electro like rhythm. It will have an electronically "hard" feel to it, because it also draws some influences from electronic rock and punk music. Many artists in this genre aim to put humor in their music, a characteristic not usually found in most genres.

history of electronic music

The term for this genre of music comes from "electro" and "clash." The "electro" obviously is that way because of the heavy influences it gets from electro music, and the fact that it's an electronic music genre. And "clash" comes from the fact that it's a fusion of many different styles of music.

Synthcore emerged around the end of the 1990s, mainly in the United States and the Netherlands when artists started to incorporate the specific, yet varied sound of synthcore. It wasn't until the year 2001 that it got the media's attention however. In 2001, a festival dedicated to this music was held in New York and once again in 2002. The next two years were good as well, with live tours across the United States and Europe taking place.

During the middle of the 2000s however, another genre overtook this one. When tech house fused with it, it became one genre, known as electro house. This new found genre took artists and record labels away from synthcore, and into the direction of electro house. But there are still fans and even a cult following in Europe, dedicated to this music.

Electroclash Specifications

Average Beats Per Minute: 120-140

Where It Originated: The United States, Netherlands

Stylistically Similar To: Synthpop, Electro, Techno

Year Developed: Late 1990s


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Electroclash - A clash of several different genres form the life of this music.

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Ghetto House - Minimalistic in nature, using simple drum patterns and dirty lyrics.

Hip House - A fusion genre of hip-hop and house music. Get with the beat!

Italo House - House music from Italy, incorporating some nice piano action!

Microhouse - A stripped down version of house music, with a taste of glitch.

New Beat - A term used to describe all of the new sounds of house music.

Progressive House - Progressing house music to the next level. Go, Experimentalists!

Tech House - Which do you like, techno or house? Now you can like both at once!

Tribal House - In the mood for some tribal music? Get your hands ready and come on!

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