ersatzplanet wrote:I think a previous poster had it right (sorry, too lazy to find the post) - Electronic Music (capitalized) is as it first was used, experimental and thematic concert music using purely or mainly electronic instruments (including all the tape machine in Musique Concrete). If you use it lowercase - electronic music - then you mean, if you want to narrow it a bit, anything made with purely electronic instruments (electric guitars don't count) and Electronica is a sub-genre of electronic music. One could also say Electronic Music is a sub-genre of electronic music but that may be going to far.
Anyway that it what I've landed on and it works for me. I play Electronic Music.
This just doesn't work in my brain. Distinguishing two almost identical genres by giving them the same name but capitalizing one just seems counter intuitive to me. I could see capitalizing the words if it's a company, or a web site, or a magazine, to distinguish a genre from a physical entity. But for two genres it seems to just add confusion. (at least it confuses me)
I'm not even really clear on how you are dividing them:
- they are both music
- they both could be made using purely electronic instruments
- one is widened by including "mostly electronic instruments"
- the same one is narrowed by saying it is only concert music
- and further narrowed by being experimental or thematic concert music
So if somebody is making weird bleeps and blops in a performance on a stage it is Electronic Music, but if they are doing it in their basement for their own enjoyment it is electronic music?
We have a lot of words in the English language. And can even make up words (ie: electronica). So if two genres are virtually identical but slightly different, I'd suggest we add or change a word to distinguish them instead of capitalizing one. Especially if you expect non-native English speakers to go with it.
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