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Contrary to what the home page of my site might make you think, electronica music isn't just music that's electronic. It's a genre of its own, but encompasses a wide variety of electronic music, thus the focus is on electronica. But please keep these differences in mind, as they shouldn't be confused.
However, if there was a general genre for electronic music, electronica may be the one to represent it. This is due to the fact that electronica now covers many different types of sound, and can be found in almost all types of mainstream music.
This is going to be a tough section to write, mainly because there is no general "sound" to electronica, other than the obvious "electronic" sound. To go by all electronic music in general wouldn't be quite fair, since the styles can range so much. But since electronica takes pieces of style from many different genres, a generalization is the best that can be done.
Electronica music isn't just made for dancing, like one of its sub-genres (electronic dance music, or EDM), rather, it can be used for many different activities and is used in many different ways (commercials, background music for games and most other types of media, in general).
Sometimes it's fast paced, with heavy bass and pounding drum kicks, sometimes it's slower and more toned down. Some of it emphasizes on melody and harmonics, while other types don't use it as much. Sub-genres in this section will better help to differentiate the wide variety of sounds and structures in electronica. Hopefully, they will give you a better understanding of the amounts that it can vary.
With technology of the 1970s and experimentation with various sounds, electronica was born. Its roots can mostly be found in mainstream music, such as pop and hip-hop, and these genres often draw influences from electronica, as well. The term "electronica" is a broad one, and sprung up around the 1990s. At that time, it was used to describe an underground experimental sound, with an electronic feel.
The remixing of music is common in electronica, as well as most electronic genres. Artist will either remix their own work, or the work of other musicians. This will include genres that aren't strictly electronica, such as R&B, pop and hip-hop.
Electronica gained massive popularity in the early 1990s. But even before then, electronic sounds were forming the structure of popular music in the 70s and 80s. The first places that can be traced back to this genre are Europe, Japan, and the United States, to name a few.
Average Beats Per Minute: 110-150
Where It Originated: Europe, Japan, United States
Stylistically Similar To: Synthpop, EDM, Ambient
Year Developed: Late 1970s
Below is an incomplete list of the many sub-genres that make up electronica. (in alphabetical order). You are on the "General Electronica" page right now, clicking it will return you here.
General Electronica - Back to the overview of electronica.
Berlin School - Ambient in sound and highly experimental music.
Chillwave - One of the newer genres, having many influences.
Electronic Dance Music - Jump with that pounding rhythm!
Electrofolk - Blending old-school folk music with more modern electronic music.
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