The European music industry
The European music industry made electronic dance music more mainstream as technology advanced; synthesizers and drum beats were used more frequently, and different innovations such as MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) made it easier for electronic instruments to communicate through the computer system. These electronic synths were very commonly used in many popular 80’s songs such as “Take on Me” by a-ha and “Don’t You Forget About Me” which was featured in the hit movie The Breakfast Club. As technology progressed, the equipment required to produce EDM became more accessible and transferrable. Rather than having giant synthesizers that could take up the whole space of a room, these synthetic instruments could easily be inputted to the computer using a small physical interface such as a MIDI input keyboard, that allowed producers to play in the rhythms and melodies that they needed for the song, rather than having to individually program each note. The beginning of EDM stemmed from 70’s disco music that was played at dance clubs. Disco music characteristically incorporated many of the elements that are popular in EDM such as synthetic instruments and electronic drum beats to get a crowd moving on the dance floor. The basic “four on the floor” beats (usually a kick drum hitting on the first downbeat of each measure); syncopated bass lines and rhythm guitars kept the tempo up and gave people an easy rhythmic guideline to follow. This use of the drum beats and instruments is called a pocket, in which the rhythm section of the song is locked in and work together as a unit to establish a solid foundation for the melody to follow. Many artists in the 70’s made good use of a pocket rhythm, as they could alter a melody or improvise how they wanted while still staying on tempo. Disco is commonly set to around 120 beats per minute, which is a relatively standard tempo for dancing as it follows the tempo of our heartbeats. Songs such as “Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae were very popular disco songs that could be heard at clubs throughout the decade. They introduced the use of electronically programmed instruments to the music scene and became the root of future electronic music genres. Despite the industry’s attempt to create a Specific Electronic dance music brand, The EDM remains in use as an umbrella term for different genres such as dance-pop, techno, house, dub step, trance as well as their respective subgenres. Christian electronic dance music has also been incorporated into some Christian worship routines. There is some popular figure of Christian electronic dance music such as Matthew Parker, Capital Kings, and Bryson Price are the most popular figure of Christian electronic dance music. Christian electronic dance music also includes other subgenres included in Electronic dance music such as Trance, Techno, Dub step, and Deep house. The name of the Trance genre of Christian electronic dance music may refer to an induced emotional feeling, euphoria, chills, and uplifting rush that listeners claim to experience and it may indicate an actual trance-like state the first forms of the Electronic dance music and Christian electronic dance music.