Hello, it’s been a while. I’m not dead, just busy… Busy creating the most up-to-date dance music genre guide that has ever existed! Well, that’s the end goal. At the moment it just covers trance, and even then, only a decent chunk of it.
I’ve begun this colossal undertaking in hopes to educate those that aren’t as knowledgeable about all the hundreds of dance music genres that exist and those that are being created and changing each year. This is going to be something that likely takes a couple of months to complete, but I’d at least like to get a bit of it out there and get some feedback from people that would be using it, rather than having me just guess what should be included.
I’ve built a platform that allows easy addition and removal of genres, subgenres and tracks in order to keep the guide flexible and constantly evolving to keep up with the ever changing landscape of music. It is a lofty goal, but the eventual hope for this is that it will be the modern equivalent of the the famous (and very outdated) Ishkur’s Electronic Music Guide.
Anyway, enough blab, here’s the link:
Yes, the URL is a little lengthy (everything good was taken), but it’s also pretty easy to remember, so it’s not too bad of a trade-off. Trance is the only genre covered at the moment, and even then it’s not quite finished (psychedelic trance is missing, as are a number of era-specific descriptions).
There’s more info about what it is and what it hopes to achieve on the site. You can also help get involved. If you’re knowledgeable about a certain genre and think you can help fill certain gaps, I’d like to hear from you. Though I have a fairly thorough understanding of most dance music, I do not know everything.
There’s a discussion area on the site if you take issue with certain tracks being placed in certain genres.
It would be really swell if you’d take a look at it, browse around, gauge it’s usefulness and provide feedback and suggestions.
- An obvious feature that is missing
- Something being broken when trying to use the guide (if so, provide details on your platform, browser and how it’s broken)
I hope to continue writing about good music on Beat Explorers in the near future, but until then, you’ll have to bear with me. As always, if you have good taste in music, I’m always happy to have you contribute to the site, and you can do this by getting in touch with me on the contribution page.