I enjoy music of all kinds – Jazz, Classical, Rock, limited R&B/Soul and more. EDM is one of my favorite genres. It includes House, Techno, Tech-House, Progressive House, Trance, Tribal, etc. There are hundreds of sub-genres, and it is a very diverse and interesting space. A lot of it regurgitated loop-based crap. But there are diamonds in the rough. I have spent nearly 25 years collecting the good stuff, and let me tell you, this collection is very near and dear to my heart. A tech-house track on vinyl, at a hifi show a few years ago. It was a hit, and those who’d never heard good EMD before, loved it
The best places to find this music are Beatport, Soundcloud and Discogs. Beatport sells commercial downloads, and you can get 16/44 WAV and AIFF files if you pay an up-charge. SoundCloud provides user-submitted content and promos. This is where you can get the latest stuff in MP3-only quality. I’m not sure how they manage the licensing, but that’s a different discussion. Discogs is where you can find vinyl for the stuff that pre-dates Beatport.
EDM is not well covered in All Music or other databases. The reason is that a lot of these labels are very small, and they come and go. (I have written and released original music on a label, but you can’t find it anymore). However, tons of music stays up there, and the genres and credits are available.
Can Roon do a better job with this genre and get more of the data? Is there a reason why it hasn’t been done before? Maybe it’s too hard? I would think that Beatport, which is/was part of SFX Entertainment, would be happy to receive some attention.
P.S. For those interested in learning more about this genre, feel free to PM me.
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