Sunday, July 04, 2004

Trees in the key of Z

If like me you find it hard to keep your subgenres of techno straight and confuse Goa trance with ambient breakbeat hardcore jungle, this guide (Ishkur's guide to electronic dance music) is what you need. It must have taken the guy months to make. Even if you don't care for this stuff, you have to take your hat off to the guy for effort.

It's a bit hard to read the writeups, which are very opinionated, but the examples give you a good feel for the different genres of dance music. It's a nostalgia trip for lovers of music propelled by rhythmic beats (or in the case of Autechre, dissonant clanking noises).

I love stuff like this. I used to be a big fan of those rock family tree things, not because I cared who had been a drummer in the Mamas and Papas or once made the tea for the Troggs, but because the diagrams made music, my passion, seem as grand as the aristocracy, worth the effort a guy had put into researching who was who, and who did what with who.


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