Electronica is a collective term for various styles of electronically generated music, such as IDM, Drum and Bass, Big Beat and downbeat different genres ( inter alia, trip hop, dub and lounge music ); in a broader sense, techno and house and electro and electroclash to be added. Although some of the " Electronica " summarized styles are untanzbar because of their abstract or missing rhythm structures and thus rather suitable for listening (also Electronic Listening Music and Home Listening Music called ), they are considered part of the electronic dance music (Electronic Dance Music, short EDM).

Other, associated mainly with the 1980s genre of electronic dance music such as EBM, Synth Pop and New Beat, often based on traditional song structure ( verse / chorus ) and lacking a reference to African-American, groove - oriented music are not included in this definition.

Origin of the name

The term " Electronica " was first used in 1983 for a Sheffield Music Festival ( "UK Electronica - Future Age Music Festival ", and later in London organized ) on which artists from the Ambient-/Industrial- and experimental electronics environment occurred (eg Lightwave, Konstruktivists or Tangerine Dream). However, a use as musical roof designation learned " Electronica " only with the rapid development of new styles of electronic dance music in the 1990s.

Particularly in North America, the name of the music industry has been taken and found in the second half of the 1990s through media such as television, magazines, and music compilations ( including " One World Electronica " with artists from different musical backgrounds, " Beats Electronica " for Big Beat and " Psychedelic Electronica "worldwide with artists from the Goa trance environment ) distribution.

" ' Electronica ' as a term Appeared in the later 1990s as a descriptor for divergent EDMs and Their abstractions. Used in North America less than Broadly Europe, It has been charged by some as a deliberate marketing term for popular electronic music. "

Important artists

Often with " Electronica " Associated artists are: Aphex Twin, The Orb, Luke Vibert, Massive Attack, The Crystal Method, Bill Laswell, Björk, Coldcut, The Future Sound of London, Orbital, Apollo 440, The Chemical Brothers, Tricky, Portishead, Lamb, Morcheeba, Plastikman, Goldie, DJ Krush, Photek, Squarepusher, Kruder & Dorfmeister, loop Guru, Mike Paradinas ( μ - ziq ), 808 State, The Prodigy and Underworld.