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Electronic dance music

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  • Variants

    • Club music
    • Dance music, Electronic
    • Dance music, Underground
    • EDM (Electronic dance music)
    • Electronic music (Electronic dance music)
    • UDM (Underground dance music)
    • Underground dance music
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    • Underground dance music
  • Sources

    • found: Work cat.: 00009088: Fikentscher, Kai. "You better work!" : underground dance music in New York City, c2000(UDM; as a musical category of the 1980s and 1990s, developed out of the disco phenomenon of the 1970s; based in New York; core audience is predominantly African American and Latino, male, and gay; variously labeled "underground," "dance music," "underground dance music" or "club music" by its patrons; house music is the main musical category of UDM)
    • found: DanceGrooves WWW site, Apr. 14, 2000(online record store specializing in all kinds of underground dance music: house, techno, garage, trance, HardHouse, and EuroDance)
    • found: AltaVista WWW search, Apr. 14, 2000(underground dance music; sites in U.S. and U.K.)
    • found: Shuker, R. Key concepts in popular music, 1998(dance music came to be used in a general sense for those popular music genres capable of being danced to; more specifically, in the 1990s, "dance" has become associated with dance club scenes and various styles of dance-music)
    • found: Wikipedia, May 8, 2015(Electronic dance music (also known as EDM, dance music, club music, or simply dance) is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres produced primarily for nightclubs, raves, and festivals. EDM is generally used in the context of a live DJ mix where the DJ creates a seamless selection of tracks by segueing from one recording to the next. The "electronic dance music" and the initialism "EDM" was adopted by the U.S. music industry and music press as a buzzword to describe the increasingly commercial American electronic music scene that developed in the 2000s. In this context, EDM does not refer to a specific genre, but serves as an umbrella term for several genres like house, dubstep, techno, trance, and trap.)
    • found: Yenigun, S. Dance music looks beyond EDM and hopes the crowd will follow, 2012, via NPR music news website, viewed May 8, 2015(The sound at the top of festival tickets in America today is a loosely linked collection of tempos, synths and styles; and it's all being called EDM. EDM is short for electronic dance music, which could conceivably describe any music with a beat made on a machine. But in practice it describes something more specific. ... [The term has] been adopted mainly by an American audience to apply to big tent electro-house, American dubstep and things like this. ... as the ever-shifting vernacular around dance music has started to congeal, some sort of consensus has formed around its definition: EDM is a pop-driven, mostly high-energy, commercial strain of dance music.)
    • found:, May 8, 2015:Discover > Genres (EDM listed as a subgenre of Electronica)
    • found: 2013020252: DJ culture in the mix : power, technology, and social change in electronic dance music, 2013.
    • found: 2011041817: The evolution of electronic dance music, 2011.
    • found: 2015006993: Bess, J. Electronic dance music grooves : house, techno, hip-hop, dubstep, and more!, 2015.
    • found: OCLC search, May 8, 2015(title search on "electronic dance music": 119 results; title search on "underground dance music": 6 results)
    • found: Google search, May 8, 2015(search on "electronic dance music": about 8,300,000 results; search on "underground dance music": about 194,000 results)
    • notfound: New Rolling stone encyc. of rock & roll, c1995;White, D. Dictionary of popular music styles of the world, c1998.
  • LC Classification

    • ML3540.5
  • Change Notes

    • 2001-12-14: new
    • 2015-08-12: revised
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