The Subgenre of Electronic Music You Need to Know

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In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the subgenre of electronic music you need to know. This style of music has been gaining popularity over the past few years, and it’s no wonder why.

Introduction to Electronic Music

Electronic music is a genre of music that is made by using electronic devices. It is a very broad genre that includes a wide range of subgenres. In this article, we are going to focus on one particular subgenre of electronic music, which is chiptune.

What is electronic music?

Electronic music is a genre of music that is created by using electronic devices. This can include synthesizers, computers, samplers, and other electronic musical instruments. Electronic music is often associated with genres such as dance, house, techno, and trance. It can also be used in other genres such as pop, rock, and hip-hop.

The history of electronic music

Electronic music is a genre of music that is created by using electronic devices. It is a very broad genre that can include anything from traditional instruments that are played with electronic effects to entirely synthesized pieces. Electronic music has been around for over a century, and its history is closely linked to the development of electronic devices and technology.

Some of the earliest examples of electronic music date back to the late 19th century, when composers started experimenting with using electrical currents to create sound. One of the most famous early examples is the composition “Inventions for Electric Guitar” by Luigi Russolo, written in 1913. In the early 20th century, composers such as Edgar Varèse and Pierre Schaeffer started experiment with using recordings of sounds (rather than live instruments) as a basis for their music. This led to the development ofMusique Concrète, a form of experimental music that relied heavily on editing and manipulation of recorded sounds.

The 1950s saw the birth of Electronic Dance Music (EDM), which was created by DJs and producers who used various electronic devices to create new sounds. This subgenre of electronic music includes genres like house, techno, drum & bass, and dubstep. In the 1970s and 1980s, English band Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to achieve mainstream success with their brand of electro-pop. Since then, electronic music has continued to evolve and grow in popularity, with new subgenres constantly being created.

The Different Subgenres of Electronic Music

Electronic music has come to be known as a broad and all-encompassing genre, but within this wide world of sound there are many subgenres that cater to specific audiences and specific tastes. Today we’re going to be taking a look at some of the most popular subgenres of electronic music so that you can get a better idea of what’s out there.


Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s. The first group of producers to create techno music was a group of African-American entrepreneurs and DJs who were influenced by the electronic music of European artists like Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra.

Techno is typically characterized by a repetitive four on the floor beat, synthesizers, and futuristic themes. The genre has been heavily influenced by other genres such as house music, acid house, and electro. Techno is also sometimes referred to as “tech house” or “electro house.”


The first electronic music subgenre on our list is house. House music is a style of dance music that was developed in the early 1980s in Chicago,USA. House music is characterized by a 4/4 time signature, synthesizer-based instrumentation, and a repetitive, eight-beat bassline. The style was inspired by disco, but with a focus on creating a more minimalist sound. House music quickly gained popularity in dance clubs and became one of the most popular genres of electronic music.

Notable artists: Frankie Knuckles, Steve “Silk” Hurley, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk

Drum and Bass

Drum and bass is a subgenre of electronic music that emerged in the mid-1990s. It is characterized by fast breakbeats (typically between 150 and 180 beats per minute) with heavy bass and sub-bass lines. Drum and bass began as a fusion of British rave music and U.S. hip hop.

The earliest drum and bass tracks were produced by jungle pioneers such as Goldie, but the genre really came to prominence in the mid-1990s with the rise of so-called “intelligent dance music” (IDM). Drum and bass often features samples from other genres, particularly film soundtracks. It also frequently incorporates elements of dub, reggae, and jazz.

While drum and bass is often thought of as dark and sinister-sounding music, there is considerable diversity within the genre. Some drum and bass tracks are relatively mellow and down tempo, while others are blisteringly fast.


A subgenre of electronic dance music, dubstep emerged from the U.K. garage scene in the early 2000s. The style is characterized by heavy bass and percussion, as well as sparse, syncopated rhythm. Skrillex, Nero and Bassnectar are among the most popular dubstep artists.

The Future of Electronic Music

Electronic music has been around for decades, but it has only recently started to gain mainstream attention. The subgenre of electronic music that is currently gaining the most popularity is future bass. Future bass is a subgenre of electronic dance music that is characterized by its heavy use of synthesizers and drum machines.

Where is electronic music headed?

The future of electronic music is often debated by music lovers, producers, and DJs alike. There are many different subgenres of electronic music, and each one has its own unique sound. Some subgenres are more popular than others, and some are on the rise while others are on the decline. So, where is electronic music headed?

There are a few different schools of thought on this topic. Some people believe that electronic music is heading towards a more organic sound, with more live instruments and less focus on computer-generated sounds. Others believe that the opposite is true – that electronic music will continue to evolve and become more reliant on technology.

There is no right or wrong answer, and only time will tell which direction electronic music will go in. However, one thing is for sure – electronic music is here to stay, and it continue to evolve and grow in popularity.

The rise of EDM

Electronic Dance Music, or EDM as it’s commonly known, has come a long way since the early days of disco and has now become one of the most popular genres of music in the world.

With the help of technology, EDM has evolved and grown into a multi-billion dollar industry, with some of the biggest names in music including Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Skrillex, all cashing in on its popularity.

However, as with any other genre of music, there are always those who are looking to push boundaries and innovate, and electronic music is no different. In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of new subgenres such as future bass, trap and wonky, all of which have been pioneered by a new breed of artists who are looking to take the genre in new and exciting directions.

So, if you’re curious about what the future of electronic music might hold, then here are three subgenres that you need to know about…

1. Future Bass
Future bass is a relatively new subgenre that has been gaining a lot of traction in recent years. It’s characterized by its use of synthesisers and heavy bass lines, and often features vocal samples that have been manipulated using pitch correction software.

One of the most notable things about future bass is its ability to cross over into other genres; we’ve seen tracks from the likes of Flume and Mura Masa incorporating elements of R&B, pop and hip-hop, resulting in some truly unique sounding records.

2. Trap
Trap is another subgenre that has been having a moment in recent years, with artists like Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti helping to bring it to mainstream attention.

Trap music is typically quite dark and menacing sounding, with heavy use of 808 drums and percussion. It often features rap vocals delivered at a rapid-fire pace, resulting in a highly energetic sound that is perfect for dancing to.

3. Wonky
Wonky is a subgenre that sits somewhere between trap and dubstep; it features many of the same elements as trap music such as 808 drums and rap vocals, but with added elements from dubstep such as wobbly basslines and swung rhythms.

Wonky tracks often have an off-kilter quality to them which can take some getting used to if you’re not familiar with the genre, but once you get past that initial weirdness factor they can be really enjoyable to listen to.
So there you have it – three subgenres of electronic music that you need to know about

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