Electronic music is one of the most popular types of music today. Dub-step, Trance, House, EDM, Electro-pop and Electro-punk are just a few examples of the many genres and sub-genres of electronic music, however all of these modern-day styles have their roots in my favorite genre: Industrial music.
Throbbing Gristle, and their label Industrial Records, were the first to use the term Industrial to describe their music in the mid 1970’s. This genre was the first to heavily use synthesizers in the making of the sounds. Also, samples and “found sounds” were often used as well. The music itself was extremely experimental at times and elements of the sounds used many times invoke images of factories and other heavy construction activities, thus giving birth to the term. Others in the 70’s, like the electronic German band Kraftwerk furthered the growing popularity (but mostly underground) of this genre.
While Industrial was mostly experimental during the 70’s, it started toking on its modern day form during the 1980. KMDFM (Kein Merheit Fur Die Mitleid or loosely translated, No Pity For The Majority) who started as a performance art piece at an art gallery in France was among the first to incorporate dance beats with hard rock guitars. Others like Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly continued more with the experimental electronic aspect of the music, but still were heavy with dance beats and heavy guitar riffs. My favorite way to describe this music is, “a ultra-heavy dance beat in a head on collision with a heavy-metal guitar riff at 300mph.”
While still considered underground and not wildly popular, Industrial music is owed a lot from the popularity of today’s electronic music.