Friday, January 30, 2004

Is there a term, even a disparaging one, for "electronic" dance music made entirely with the sort of equipment that could be purchased at Wal-Mart? Hackneyed, kiddie-fied canned drum and bass tracks from keyboards that are basically toys, "sampling" accomplished by playback from standard consumer CD players and cassette recorders, general poor sound quality, etc.

Imagine that you were a kid who heard techno or house music for the first time back in the 1990s, and tried to reproduce it using only the items that were already sitting around your parents house. No professional DJ turntables. No mixing boards except the volume and EQ on your stereo. Absolutely nothing made by Roland. It's probably not hard to imagine, because you probably did try it.

Now imagine that it's 2004, and you're still making that same sound. What genre of music is this?