Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music

I occasionally get asked what kind of music I play. My usual answer is "progressive house." But what IS progressive house? That's not something that even I understand. Luckily, there is a very tongue-in-cheek and amusing guide to electronic music on the internet which I can always point people to, namely Ishkur's Guide:

  http://techno.org/electronic-music-guide

Now let me warn you in advance that although some of the info on this site is quite accurate, other sections are quite misleading. And the sarcasm level can be extreme - which I appreciate. But if you can't make occasional fun of your own musical tastes, then there is something wrong.

Let's look at the definition of "progressive house" to get started:

Alright, this progressive nonsense has to stop. You do not make yourself intelligent and creative by using that word. Instead, you make yourself out to be haughty and pretentious. This makes you no better than the French. This goes for progressive house, progressive rock, progressive trance ... kill the word already, it means nothing...

When you go to the main page of the site, you'll see seven main genre categories on the top left. You'll be able to explore things like:

  Jungle: The black sheep of electronic music ...
  House: The world's perennial party music ...
  Techno: The depressing, gritty, dystopian genre ...
  Hardcore: The musical genre with bi-polar order ...

Once you get into any of those seven main categories, you'll see dozens of sub-genres mapped out, each with their own description and samples of that kind of music.

I guess some DJ's and producers might be offended by some of the descriptions in the guide, but underneath the sarcasm, you'll find some good info. It wouldn't be hard to spend a couple hours on the site, "broadening your musical knowledge."

Enjoy ...