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Old 24-04-2010, 10:18 PM   #1
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What is electro?

What are the charracteristics of that style of electronic dance music that is called "electro"?

I ask this beacause it seems to be two types of electro: the old electro, pioneered by Afrika Bambaataa's Planet Rock, which comes from electro-funk, and the modern electro, closely related to Daft Punk and Justice's Electro-House.

So yeah: what is electro?

Example tracks are welcome.

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Old 01-05-2010, 12:05 PM   #2
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Re: What is Electro?

Electro is electrofunk.
So, old electrofunk comes from funky, and it's characterized by "walking" bass, a bass that's not regular with kick and goes around it creating a bouncy feel.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:48 PM   #3
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Re: What is Electro?

I'd call this electro


As for old electro i wouldn't know much about it, but its all about ^^ this nowadays!

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Old 01-05-2010, 01:57 PM   #4
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Re: What is Electro?

Puh, too many different styles. Maybe the most significant instruments that have been used in Electro could be the 808 and the DX-7. And of course a lot other analogue drum machines, sequencers etc.

Well I try to name a few artists: early stuff form Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dick Hyman (60s/70s), a lot of stuff from the Sovjet Union and Poland, Kraftwerk, Afrika Bambataa, Egyptian Lover, Jesse Saunders and Juan Atkins, Drexyia and Dopplereffekt (not a complete list).

Thatīs what I call electro. Daftpunk for me is Frenchhouse (thatīs what it has been called in the 90īs). I donīt like this new overcompressed Electrohouse music. For me there is no soul in it. But that doesnīt mean that itīs bad. I only donīt like it.


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Re: What is Electro?

props to Halma for recognizing and reminding of Drexciya and DopplerEffekt.
Although it's kind of informal and opinionated and funny, I'd recommend looking at
Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music: http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide/ It's a great conceptualization of the genres and subgenres.
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Re: What is Electro?

Thx kmfidm.

Forgot those 3 videos. Essentiell stuff.





And from the UK (yeah, itīs damn cheesy, but I love it).



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Re: What is Electro?

I will restrain from commenting on how fucked up what people call electro is to what it originally was, having said that though it isn't even remotely as unconnected as 'R & B' and actual 'Rhythm & Blues'...

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the old electro, pioneered by Afrika Bambaataa's Planet Rock.
It really started with Kraftwerk, they called their stuff "techno" and "techno-pop" at the time, but they were really inventing electro. It was picked up in the US in the early '80s, which is when you get stuff like Planet Rock and Rockit. That kind of stuff is a big part of what got me into electronic music, I still love that old shit.

Basically, it's funk with electronic instruments. The percussion is usually artificial-sounding, and overall it doesn't have the warm soulful feel of house, it's deliberately artificial and futuristic.

Early hip-hop and techno were deeply rooted in electro. In a way, early hip-hop *was* electro, before the MCs pushed the DJs aside and made it all about them.

Electro is fucking awesome.








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This is what I would consider to be good electro.

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Re: What is Electro?

damnit why the hell does every forum have to have different methods for putting videos in your comments...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_V9GYuKkww

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It's not hip hop.
LOL, I thought of that movie too when I read this thread.
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I didnt see one already (oddly enough..), so way not make this THE Electro thread?







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Oh...

This thread has grew while I was not there!

i'm gonna listen your track suggestions now!

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Re: What is Electro?

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What is electro?

What are the charracteristics of that style of electronic dance music that is called "electro"?

I ask this beacause it seems to be two types of electro: the old electro, pioneered by Afrika Bambaataa's Planet Rock, which comes from electro-funk, and the modern electro, closely related to Daft Punk and Justice's Electro-House.

So yeah: what is electro?

Example tracks are welcome.
Electro has always just been a buzzword. It doesn't mean anythin at all and you can bet your ass that most acts attracting that label are more about their image than their music.
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:17 PM   #18
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Check out Gooseflesh or smth.
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Hell yeah this thread rocks! Drexciya and Anthony Rother will always hold a special place for me. I'm so sick of everyone calling everything electro nowadays when it really has so little to do with actual electro... *whimper*
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