EDM Festivals – Electronic Music festivals
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EDM: Electronic Dance Music and EDM Festivals
Music and dance have been a foundation of culture since the earliest civilizations. These art forms come from the soul, and can be found in every part of the world, even animals dance and make music. The rustling of the leaves, flowing water, falling drops of rain, blowing wind, all the sounds of the world create music which enthralls the mind and soul. Every form of music depicts and defines various moods of man’s situations, virtues, desires, feelings and more.
Evolution of Electronic Music
Music is always changing and evolving. Artists create varieties of music to entertain different crowds of people.The improving technology and the changing demands of the generation have further added pace to the changes in the forms of music. The forms have expanded to genres, which each consist of sub- genres that are being mixed to create more new genres.
EDM and Dance Music
Various forms of dance music have been in existence since the earliest civilizations. These forms of music have not just entertained the people, but also took them to a different level of euphoria. It is not the sound and effects showcased by the music which creates a mesmerizing effect on the audience but the depth of the sounds created in the music. While traditional dance music was dominated by musical instruments played by multiple people, Electronic Dance Music is created with computers and synthesizers, making it so a solo artist can perform as a whole band. Dance music tracks are not just played in bars, clubs and at events, but are being used as background for television ads, video games and in movies.
What is EDM music?
Electronic Dance Music which is commonly known as EDM is a form of music produced by music creators using various electronic musical instruments. This form evolved in early 21st century and is played in discos, bars, night- clubs, and any other setting where dance based entertainment is required. Though this genre was initially considered just like any other form of music, the high demand and liking for it made it the most preferred music of the present generation. DJs often play pop songs from other genres, changing the tempos to synchronize them with other songs using a mixing device. Kick drums and snare drums used in disco create the core of the music.
EDM originated from a blend of House music, disco, hip-hop and techno. Music producers use electronic instruments like synthesizers, sequencers, rhythm pads etc. to compose dance music. It was only in early 1990s that this form of music emerged and began expanding in popularity.
History of EDM
The history of EDM dates back to the 1960s when artists from Jamaica tried a new form of dance music by overlapping many instrumental tracks on reel-to-reel tape players to create a new version of a song. In this process, the player is connected to an amplifier with a microphone and then the music is played on it. This was enjoyed in nightclubs and bars and gradually spread to other countries and became the much preferred music of every party. This form of music, called dub because of the dubbing over of tracks, is adored in the UK and many other countries. It was just the start of the evolution of modern dance music. Many genres of EDM emerged have emerged from this movement.
Another form of a similar kind of dance music known as House music is believed to have originated in Chicago. In the late 1970s, a musician by the name Frankie Knuckles was playing the club circuit. He tried mixing various genres on the mixer and tried to reconstruct the sounds by altering the tempos and adding percussion to it. As there were not many dance music tracks available in that age, Frankie used R&B records to create new tracks. The the results of this came to be known as House Music.
Another well-known subgenre born out of Dub music is Gabba. Though there was not much of a change done to the already existing tracks, the dance tracks were played on special players in a fast speed which was also called as ‘Hardcore Music’ in Netherlands. It slowly spread to the surrounding countries creating a boom in the world of modern music.
Genres of Electronic Dance Music
Modern electronic music, especially EDM is an ever changing mix of genres and styles. Though there is not much of a difference in the origin of the genres, beats per minute, tempo, instruments used, and vocals played a major role in separating them into individual sub-genres. While a few of the genres are made for dancers, a few are promoted to attract focused listening. Music styles such as Techno, Trance, Electro, Breakbeat, Drum & Bass, and Eurodance are designed to get people moving while sub genres such as Glitch Hop, Dubstep, Trip hop and IDM are specifically created for ardent music listeners.
A Deep look into EDM Genres and Sub-Genres
Electro – Three decades ago, this was the most updated and futuristic style of music for music junkies. Electro- pop and Electro- house were the two variants of this genre.
Acid – Though it sounds rustic, it denotes the sound of a bass line. This music of the late 1980s was created using an electronic synthesizer. The music is generally rough.
Breakbeat – This is a kind of baseline for dub beat music. The rhythm follows a 4/4 pattern. Though it is not as fast as House music, it is faster than Hip-hop. If you remember the Chemical Brothers of the 1980s, then you know Breakbeat music.
House and Techno – They are the offspring of Disco which shook the dance floors in the 1970s and 80s. Though both of them follow a 4/4 beat pattern, Techno is faster compared to House. Both of them are classified according to beats per minute.
Dubstep – The early 90s witnessed the dawn of Dubstep – a fast style of electronic dance music. The music style uses a heavy metal and hip-hop combination to create bass heavy beats. A slight effect of Breakbeat and Reggae can also be seen in this form. However, it is quite surprising to know that hip-hop and Heavy- metal follow the same 75 beats per minute.
Now let us look into the soul of the genres, beats per minute. It is the beats that determine the rhythm. The main aspect that differentiates the genres is the rhythm on which the music is composed and played. Electronic dance music is based on a specific number of beats per minute. Trance music, however, follows a faster beat sequence while house music is comparatively slower.
Creating Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
No doubt, computers have not just brought a revolution in science and technology, even music has witnessed many changes. The communication protocol MIDI that was invented in the early 1980s was the initial footstep for electronic dance music. The synchronization of sounds using samplers, computers and sound cards paved way to new genres in very little time.
Home computers and laptops have brought about great advancements in the past few years. Various music software and hardware for sound enhancement have taken the music to a greater height. A couple of decades ago, when computers were not readily accessible to almost anyone, people would hardly have imagined that computers could be the main equipment in bringing changes to music.
Creating Electronic Dance Music at Home
To create Electronic dance music at home, you need to have two main things – Love for the music style and a fully equipped personal computer. You require a good quality sound card for better sound effects. When using MIDI sound files, the resultant sound depends totally on the quality of the sound card used. Good sound cards are really helpful in functions other than just playing the sounds. You can convert a MIDI file into a WAV file using the card and get it recorded on a CD which can be played on any player.
Internet is another boon for techies and music lovers. It can assist any amateur musician in learning about EDM. There are various websites that offer free access to EDM tracks and step by step lessons to create your own music. There are sites offering free midi samples. You can download them free of cost and modify them using your creativity and skills. Try doing so and become the next heartthrob of music lovers.
What does it take to create Electronic Dance Music?
Electronic Dance Music is categorized by sounds created with a computer. They do not showcase organic instruments such as wind, piano, or string instruments. Synthesizers are the backbone of all EDM. So it is considered the most legitimate instrument to create music.
Rhythm, melody, tempo and pitch are the main aspects of any type of music. Various genres of music around the world focus differently on these aspects to create a variety of genres of music. For example, classical music requires an orchestra while EDM utilizes the convergence of all those instruments into one.
As mentioned, a synthesizer forms the base of any dance music. It was initially used in films and dramas to create funny and strange sounds but along with the developments in music, it became the key instrument of any group. A synthesizer could be used as a multi-instrumental band using the rhythm beats, sampling and polyphonic sounds. Any vocal performance with just a synthesizer would give an effect of complete orchestra if all the functions are used to their full extent.
Next to the synthesizer is the record player. They are the prime devices used for mixing sounds and tracks. They are considered the instant mixers, which are used to mix the tracks in clubs and discos. Following record players, computers play an important role in creating unique EDM. You have programs such as Logic Audio that let you use the recorded tracks and sounds directly in live performances.
EDM Record Labels
Until the 1980s there were a few styles of music which were played irrespective of any occasion. There was no such thing as Electronic Dance Music or any specific record label that endorsed EDM. Larry Sherman was the first musician who broke the silence by introducing his debut EDM label – Trax Records. Following him were Juan Atkins who set the market on fire with Richie Hawtin, Plus 8 and Metroplex Records. Not to mention the Ninja Tune, Ed Banger Records and Ghostly International who were not far behind.
One of the world’s biggest EDM records is Armin Van Buuren, created by David Lewis and Maykel Piron in the year 2000. Other big names in the industry are Sophie Sugar, Roger Shah, Andy Moor, Markus Schulz, ATB and more.
The 10 Best Electronic Dance Music artists of the year 2014
As per the public opinion and MTV’s assessment, the top 10 EDM artists are listed below
2. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike
3. Armin Van Buuren
4. Martin Garrix
7. David Guetta
8. Nicky Romero
10. Steve Aoki
More EDM Stars..
Avicii and Deadmau5 became in the center of attention after their performance in New York on New Year’s Eve. Adding to their fame Skrillex, Kaskade and David Guetta have made their way into the hearts of Americans with a couple of their tracks. These EDM stars are becoming the most wanted members for large outdoor events and festivals like Ultra Europe, Electric Love, Electro Dance Madness and Electric Daisy Carnival.