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EDM Genre Classficiation -- Version 0.1.2 -- Updated 12/29/16 Back to Snerx -- Contact us on our official Discord. ====================================================================================== This chart denotes the current state of EDM (Dec. 2016); not the history, development, or derivations of it, but simply its current classifications. This chart was created to help people classify what they're listening to. I am completely open to revisions and edits of this document. If you want to send me messages telling me how wrong I am or that I need to add another genre, message me on Soundcloud or our Discord server. ====================================================================================== Music Branches / \ / \ Dance/Disco Electronic ---> Spiritual / \ / \ 80's Synth Pop \ / 8-bit Chiptunes | Discotek/Technotronic (Techno - Electronic Dance Music) -----> { Experimental } / ^ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ / / \ \ _____/__ ___/______ __\____ __\______ --> ________ / \ / \ / \ / \ / \
{ House } { Trance } { Hardcore } { Breakbeat } {Drum & Bass}
| [ Acid * # ] [ Ambient/ Chillout ] [Bassline **] [ Big Room ] [ Complextro] [ Deep/Tech ] [Dirty Dutch] [ Electro # ] [Electro Soul /Future Funk] [ Electro Swing ] [ French Electro ] [ Glitch/ Fidgit ] [ Grind/ Brutal ] [ Hard House] [ Melbourne Bounce ] [ Minimal ] [ Neogen ] [ Noise * ] [ Progressive House ] [ Tribal ** ] [ Vibe/Hype ] | [ Atmospheric] [ Dark Psytrance ] [ Europop * ] [ Forest ] [ Goa ] [ Hard Trance ] [ Hi-Tek Psy ] [ Night * ] [ Nitzhonot Goa ] [ Nitzhonot Psytrance ] [ Progressive Trance ] [ Prog. Psy ] [ Psychedelic Trance # ] [ Psycore ] [ Psytrance Full-on ] [ Uplifting /Vocal ] | [ Bass Core] [ Darkstyle] [ Dubstyle ] [ EBM ] [ Gabber **] [Happy Core] [ Happy Hardcore ] [ Hardstyle] [ Hardstep ] [ Jumpstyle /Tekstyle ] [ Nightcore] [ Rotterdam] [ Speedcore] [Techtonik*] [ Terror ] [ Trapstyle] | [Acid Breaks] [ Ambient Dubstep ] [ Brostep ] [ Darkbeat ] [ Dubstep ] [ Electro Breaks ] [ Filth/VIP ] [ Future Garage ] [Glitch Hop/ Glitchbeat ] [ Hard Trap/ Trapstyle ] [ Hyper Breakbeat ] [ IDM ] [ Liquid Breaks ] [ Midtempo ] [ Minimal & Chill Dub ] [ Moombahton] [ Prog Beat ] [ Riddim ] [ Trap # ] [ Twerk ] | [Ambient DnB] [ Dark DnB ] [ Drumstep *] [ IDnB ] [ Jungle **] [ Liquid ] [ Neurofunk ] [ Neurohop ] [ Psy DnB ] [ Technical Itch ] [Trap & Bass]
<-{ KEY }-> * Genre may fall into other main divisions, but is generally classified as listed. ** Denotes a "Dead" genre, meaning its main production has stopped; meaning it's oldschool as fuck. # Denotes a genre that has had so many variations that it could be classified as it's own branch. -> These will have their own alternative classifications displayed on the side of the chart. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ <{ THE EDM DICTIONARY }> ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ <{ INTRODUCTION }> ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ <{ GENRE SECTION FORMAT }> ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ====================================================================================================== ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| HOUSE |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ====================================================================================================== :: Back to chart :: = Basic House (Traditional House) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Acid House = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Acid Jazz = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Ambient = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Bassline = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Big Room = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Chillout = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Complextro = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Deep/Tech = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Dirty Dutch = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Electro = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Electro Soul / Future Funk = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Electro Swing = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = French Electro = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Glitch / Figdit = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Grind / Brutal = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Hard House = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Minimal = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Noise House = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Progressive House = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Tribal House = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Vibe / Hype = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sub Genres - Acid Tweak, Acid Funk, Aggrepo, Wobble House, Dark-Electro, Electro-Goth, Crossover, New Beat, Dark-Wave, Dark-Ambient, Bass House, T.B.M., Nasty/Ghetto House, Raghouse (from Swing), Futurepop, Melodic Glitch Bass, Harsh EBM, Electrostep, ====================================================================================================== |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| TRANCE |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ====================================================================================================== :: Back to chart :: = Basic Trance (Traditional Trance) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Atmospheric Trance = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Dark Psytrance = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Europop = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Forest Trance ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Goa = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Hard Trance = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Night Trance = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Progressive Psytrance = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Progressive Trance = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Psytrance (aka Flase Builds: The Genre) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Psycore = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Psytrance Full-On / Hi-Tek = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Uplifting / Vocal Trance = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sub Genres - Proglifting Trance, High-Energy, Morning, Ambient, Dark, Berlin Prog, Trancestep, Psytechnical Prog-lem, Turbo-Trance, Melodic Goa, ====================================================================================================== ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| CORE ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ====================================================================================================== :: Back to chart :: = Core (Traditional Hardcore) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Bass Core = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Darkstyle = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = EBM (Electric Body Music) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Gabber = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Happy Core (HxC) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Happy Hardcore (HHC) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Hardstyle (aka KANG KANG KANG KANG) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Hardstep = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Jumpstyle / Tekstyle = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Rotterdam (Rotterdam HxC or Rotterdam Speedcore) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Speedcore = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Techtonik = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Terror (Terrorcore) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Trapstyle = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sub Genres - Hard Glitch, UK Hardcore, Dark Core, Dutch Core, Hardtek, Dubcore, Free Form, NU Energy, Aggrotech, Lolicore, ====================================================================================================== ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| BREAKBEAT |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ====================================================================================================== :: Back to chart :: = Breakbeat (Traditional Breaks) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Acid Breaks ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Ambient Dubstep = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Brostep = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Darkbeat = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Dubstep = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Electro Breaks = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Filth (aka Filthy Dubstep) / VIP = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Future Garage = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Glitch Hop / Glitchbeat = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Hyper Breakbeat = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Liquid Breaks = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Midtempo = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Minimal & Chill Dub = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Moombahton = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Prog Beat = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Riddim ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Trap = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sub Genres - Industrial Dance, Moombahcore, Trapstep, Mudstep, GrooveStep, Post-Dubstep, Ponystep, Hyper Dubstep, Speedstep, Trapaton, Deathstep, Doombahcore, Pornstep, Dubfunk, Tuki-Bass, Noise Trap, Acid Crunk, PsyBreaks, Fast Trap, Space Bass, Bhangra ====================================================================================================== ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| DRUM AND MOTHER FUCKING BASS ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ====================================================================================================== :: Back to chart :: = Drum & Bass (Traditional DnB) = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Ambient DnB = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Darkstep = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Drumstep = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = IDnB = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Jungle = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Liquid DnB = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Nuerofunk = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Nuerohop = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Psychedelic DnB = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Technical Itch = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ = Trap & Bass = ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Sub Genres - Intelligent Liquid Dnb, Liquid Funk, Techstep, Technoid, Dungeon, Microfunk, DnB Core, Light Drum and Bass, Nueroglitch, Ultrafunk DnB, ====================================================================================================== ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| EXPERIMENTAL & OTHER SHIT |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ====================================================================================================== :: Back to chart :: = Experimental = ====================================================================================================== |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| ====================================================================================================== Classification Methodology: House / Trance / Core / Breaks / DnB This is the most common genre deliniation used in the world of EDM/Techno. Each of these five genres acts as a "branch" of music all coming from the EDM trunk. In this way you can view the deliniation as a tree of music. EDM/Techno is the center (the main trunk) & the five branches listed above spring out from the trunk, all other genres being leaves growing off the branches. However, it must be noted that all the branches are genres themselves, hence the reason I clarify in this document "traditional" genres as seperate entities from their branch name. Other Classification Methods: ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ "If you have a golf-ball-sized consciousness, when you read a book, you'll have a golf-ball-sized understanding; ... and as you go about your day, a golf-ball-sized happiness." - David Lynch "Little fish swim on the surface, but the big ones swim down below. If you can expand the container you're fishing in - your consciousness - you can catch bigger fish." - David Lynch ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ :: Back to chart :: Sources & References: Psytrance & Goa breakdown -> i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee163/karan129/AllpsygoagenresbyAnoebisnew.jpg More psychedelic genre breakdowns Explanations of Dubstep & Brostep Documentary on some of the roots and history of old school EDM Ahmen Break Documentary wikipedia.org Years of my own and other producers' experience. Donations lol? Bitcoin - 1snerxYR4LFh3WzrBGpQh6rUaHpGCkMHs
Alternative Acid breakdown. / Acid | / \ | Acid House Acid Breaks | / | | \ | Acid Jazz | Acid Funk Acid Crunk | / \ \ Minimal Acid Hard Acid --> Neogen Alternative Electro breakdown. / Electro -> Electro Soul/Future Funk | / \ | Complextro Oldskool -> French Electro | | | | \ | Dirty Dutch | Electro Breaks Electro Swing | \ / \ Big Room Alternative Psytrance breakdown. / Psytrance | / | \ | / | \ | Dark Psy | Progressive Psytrance | | | \ \ | Psycore Goa Hi-Tek <> Psytrance Full-On | | \ Progressive Goa Alternative Trap breakdown. / Trap _ | / \ [ Acid Crunk | Fast Trap \_____[ Carnival/Festival Trap | \ _ [ Trapstep | \_[ Noise Trap [_ Trapstyle \ [_ Nuero Trap