Encyclopedia of Music Genres

George Eberhart
Definitions of musical styles, with examples.
Created 05 Jun 2021
  • Jumpstyle
    19 Jan 2022about 20 hours ago • < 1 min read
    Originally known simply as jump, jumpstyle was created in Belgium. It did not gain much popularity until about 2002 as fandom increased in Germany and elsewhere. Jumpstyle music is an offspring of tec...
  • Hardstyle
    19 Jan 2022about 20 hours ago • < 1 min read
    An electronic dance genre that emerged in the Netherlands. Hardstyle mixes influences from techno, Belgian new beat, and hardcore. Early hardstyle was typically written at 140 BPM and consisted of ove...
  • Folktronica
    18 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    A genre of music comprising various elements of folk music and electronica, often featuring uses of acoustic instruments—especially stringed instruments—and incorporating hip hop, electronic, or dance...
  • Ethnic Electronica
    18 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    A broad category of electronic music, where artists combine elements of electronic and world music. The music is primarily rooted in local music traditions and regional cultures, rarely relying on glo...
  • Electronica
    17 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    A broad group of electronic-based music styles intended for listening rather than strictly for dancing. In North America, the mainstream music industry adopted and to some extent manufactured electron...
  • Electroclash
    17 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    A genre of music that fuses 1980s electro, new wave, and synth-pop with 1990s techno, retro-style electropop, and electronic dance music. The genre was in reaction to the rigid formulations of techno ...
  • Cyberpunk Music
    16 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 0 1
    Music that sonically illustrates the dystopian visions of the future or biomechanical themes explored in cyberpunk fiction. Often inspired by synthesizer-heavy science fiction film scores, cyberpunk m...
  • Chiptune
    16 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    A style of synthesized electronic music made using the programmable sound generator (PSG) sound chips or synthesizers in vintage arcade machines, computers, and video game consoles. The term is common...
  • Bitpop
    15 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    A subgenre of chiptune music, where at least part of the music is made using the sound chips of old 8-bit (or 16-bit) computers and video game consoles. Bitpop uses a mixture of old and new equipment,...
  • Electronic Music
    15 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read
    Art music that employs electronic musical instruments, digital instruments, or circuitry-based music technology in its creation. It includes both music made using electronic and electromechanical mean...
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