Been playing Beatmania/Hip Hop Mania (multiple platforms) and the Pop 'N Music games (strictly Dreamcast) for some time, which has exposed me to many different styles of music. Many of which I’d never heard of before. Some highly unusual or uncommon. I’ve also downloaded my fair share of songs from Napster, and it’s not unusual for the same song to be labelled differently by different users (especially common for the big dance hits).
Needless to say, I’m a little confused and would like a little help. Here are some of the subgenres I’ve seen, along with my best guess as to what they actually are.
Techno: The standard “DJ” music. Strong beats, not a lot of actual music, and fast-paced.
House: Same as techno, but with at least one non-electronic element (usually piano) and more melodic. Something of a “catchall” genre.
Hard Techno: One source says that “hardness” referred to the speed, but that’s doubtful. I think it actually means the “force” of the acoustic elements, so hard techno is really loud and powerful, like that pounding music you hear from those cars with the blackened windows.
Ska: To my understanding, this is an older form of reggae with trumpets. I’m pretty sure there’s a bunch of other stuff, but that’s all I remember, sorry. (At least it’s better than my previous assumption, which was “Rap/reggae/blues hybrid”. Bleah.)
Punk: Loud, energetic, fast-paced rock. Cool.
Rave: The politically correct term for disco, which we can’t use anymore because it’s dead. It seems more lively and techno-like than classic disco.
Euro Beat: A lot like rave/disco, except more electronica-like and really, really fast.
Dance/Dancepop: Dance music gentle enough to play on the radio. The most common recipient of “dance remixes”.
Digi-rock: Same as nearly any other kind of rock, but technoized. And usually very powerful.
Electronica: Totally electronic; often has a “robotic” quality. I don’t hear this one too often.
Drum and Bass: I have no idea :p. I’ve heard about four different D&B songs, and they don’t sound even remotely similar.
Acid Beats: From the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Music, “acid” refers to music borrowed from other albums. Okay. Whatever.
Progressive: Er…sounds like one thing at the beginning, then sounds like something else later on? (That’s the best I can come up with, sorry.)
Hard House: “Hard” in this case seems to refer to the kind of music…or rather the volume, which is higher than that of the acoustic part. Something like that.
Jungle: There’s gotta be something about the beats, fill ins, or specific type of music…I don’t see the difference between this and hard techno at all.
Mondo: See comment on drum and bass.
I won’t even try to guess what “mods”, “thrash”, “coquettish”, “happy”, “analog techno”, “latinaires beats”, or all those other even more obscure subsubgenres are. And to think that Tower Records still has that big honking Pop/Rock/Soul section.