“Electronica soon became a whole new entity in and of itself, spinning off new sounds and subgenres with no end. Its beginnings came in the post-disco environment of Chicago/New Yorkand Detroit, the cities who spawned house and techno during the 1980s. New styles emerged like jungle/drum'n'bass and trip-hop. Though most all early electronica was danceable, by the beginning of the'90s, producers were also making music for the headphones and chill-out areas as well, resulting in dozens of stylistic fusions like ambient-house, experimental techno, tech-house, electro-techno,etc.”
“Rock & Roll is often used as a generic term, but its sound is rarely predictable. From the outset, when the early rockers merged country and blues, rock has been defined by its energyand rebellion, but as the genre age, pushing the boundaries of the music. As a result, everything from Chuck Berry's pounding, three-chord rockers and the sweet harmonies of the Beatles to thejarring, atonal white noise of Sonic Youth has been categorized as "rock." That's accurate -- rock & roll had a specific sound and image for only a handful of years. For most of its life, rock has beenfragmented, spinning off new styles and variations every few years, from Brill Building Pop and heavy metal to dance-pop and grunge.”
“Rap's germination is sometimes attributed to therighteous street poetry, but it didn't begin to take full shape -- and earn its tag -- until after the Sugarhill Gang released "Rapper's Delight" in 1979. Since then, rap spread from its New Yorkepicenter throughout the remainder of the U.S. (with each region taking on its own specific flavor) and then to countless countries. Rap's core components are beats and rhymes, but that simplicity belies thewide range of sounds that have sprung from them. Instrumentalists, a sampled breakbeat, or a drum machine can form the backbone of a track, while an arrangement can be spaciously spare, and a...