Electronic Music That’s Not Techno or EDM

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Electronic music is a genre of music that is made with the help of electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology. It has been a part of the music industry for more than a century and has grown tremendously in popularity in recent years.

Although electronic music includes all genres of music made with electronic instruments and technology, it is often used interchangeably with the genres of techno and EDM (electronic dance music). However, there is a lot of variety within the genre of electronic music, and it is possible to find music that does not fit into either of these categories.

Some styles of electronic music that are not techno or EDM include:

-Ambient electronica: A relaxing and atmospheric type of electronic music that often features soundscapes, drones, and synthesizers.
-IDM (intelligent dance music): A type of experimental electronic music that often features complex beats, melodies, and sound design.
-Glitch hop: A type of hip hop that incorporates glitchy or distorted sounds into the beats.
-Chillwave: A type of electronic pop characterised by dreamy melodies, synth-heavy production, and nostalgia-inducing themes.

The Different Types of Electronic Music

Electronic music is a genre of music that is created with the use of electronic devices. It can be divided into many different subgenres, each with its own characteristic sound. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular types of electronic music.


House is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by a four-on-the-floor beat and a tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute. It was created by DJs and music producers in Chicago in the early 1980s. House music is often based on danceable, soulful and funky grooves with samples of disco or other electronic music. It has become one of the most popular genres of electronic dance music, and it is frequently played in nightclubs, festivals and radio stations around the world.

Drum and Bass

Drum and bass (also written as “drum ‘n’ bass” or “drum & bass”; commonly abbreviated to “D&B”, “DnB” or “D’n’B”) is a genre of electronic music characterised by fast breakbeats (typically between 150 and 180 beats per minute) with heavy bass and sub-bass lines, sampled sources, and synthesizers. The popularity of drum and bass at its commercial peak ran parallel to several other homegrown dance styles in the UK including big beat and hard house.

The roots of drum and bass are in the UK mid-1980s rave music styles of breakbeat hardcore and techno, the latter also often featuring heavy Basslines influenced by dub. These genres were behind the development of jungle music, which spread to North America via the sound system culture of early Jamaican immigrants to London’s Brixton area. The 1993 single “Nervous” by Goldie, produced by Timeless Recordings is seen as an early example of trance-influenced jungle music.


Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London in the late 1990s. It is generally characterized by sparse, syncopated rhythmic patterns with dominant basslines and sub-bass frequencies. The style emerged as an offshoot of UK garage, drawing on earlier dub, reggae and electronica influences. The name “dubstep” is often used to refer to a broader category of electronic music that incorporates other styles and elements, such as grime, 2-step, drum and bass, house, techno, and even hip-hop.


Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged from the rave scene in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. The style is typified by a tempo of between 130 and 150 beats per minute, repeating melodic phrases and a musical form that builds up and breaks down throughout a track.

Where to Listen to Electronic Music

Electronic music has come a long way since the days of disco. These days, there are all sorts of different genres and sub-genres of electronic music, and it can be hard to keep up with all of them. In this article, we’ll focus on a few of the most popular types of electronic music that you can listen to today.


Festivals are a great way to see a variety of electronic music artists in one place. Many festivals have different stages with different genres of music, so you can explore new styles and find the ones that you like the best. Festivals are also a great way to meet other people who share your interests.

Some of the most popular electronic music festivals include:

-Ultra Music Festival (Miami, FL, USA)
-Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium)
-Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, NV, USA)
-Sziget Festival (Budapest, Hungary)
-Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Indio, CA, USA)


The nightclub is the standard go-to for electronic music enthusiasts. Club culture has been a part of dance music since its inception, and there really is no substitute for the physical and social aspects of experiencing a DJ or live act in a club setting. Of course, not all clubs are created equal — some are better than others — but in general, you can expect a more underground sound at a nightclub than you would at, say, a festival or concert hall.

There are countless nightclubs all over the world that cater to electronic music fans, so it really just depends on your location as to what you have to choose from. In major cities, there are usually multiple clubs to choose from on any given night, so you can always find something that suits your taste. And if you’re ever in doubt, just ask around — chances are somebody will be able to point you in the right direction.

Online Radio Stations

Internet radio is one of the best ways to discover new electronic music. You can find stations that specialize in any genre, era, or style, and there are no commercials. Best of all, it’s free.

Here are some of our favorite online radio stations for electronic music:

-T drip.fm
-XLR8R Radio
-KCRW Music Mine
-The Lot Radio


This ends our list of electronic music that’s not techno or EDM. We hope you enjoyed it and found some new tunes to explore. Remember, there’s a lot of great music out there, so don’t limit yourself to just one genre.

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