Intelligent dance music (commonly IDM) is a term that describes an electronic music genre that emerged in the early 1990s at the end of the British rave era. The genre is influenced by a wide range of musical styles particularly electronic dance music (EDM) such as Detroit Techno. Stylistically, IDM tends to rely upon individualistic experimentation rather than on a particular set of musical characteristics
The term IDM is said to have originated in the United States in 1993 with the formation of the IDM list, an electronic mailing list originally charted for the discussion of music by (but not limited to) a number of prominent English artists, especially those appearing on a 1992 Warp Records compilation called Artificial Intelligence.
Usage of the term “Intelligence Dance Music” has been widely criticised by leading electronic musicians and is still seen by some as being peculiar to the U.S. but it is routinely used by music journalists, record labels, and fans on both sides on the Atlantic.
Because of this lack of consensus, many electronic musicians, music journalists and fans prefer the term Electronica over “IDM”. some idm music atrists:
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