At 2/3/13 07:31 AM, EvilJellyMan990 wrote:
Hey all, I'm pretty new to posting on newgrounds but i wanted to ask for advice regarding electronic music. I am more of a metal person than anything else but I love writing electronic music (retro-y I guess) and i want to start listening to it to improve my writing/creating/mixing skills. I LOVED the soundtrack to Hotline Miami (M.O.ON <3) and Zweihander by Logan from TekSyndicate. However I feel that i need to have a bigger variety (I NEED MOAR). Any suggestions are welcome :D
There are scads of electronic sub-genres you can look into. There's breakbeat, trance, dubstep, drum&bass, chiptune, glitch, techno, hardstyle, hardcore, rave, dance and every possible mixture and crossover of the aforementioned.
The references you listed are examples of chiptune; it's hallmark sound is the use of the most basic triangle, square and sine settings on a synthesizer, which are the basic building blocks of sound design. Anymore, though, it get's difficult to classify electronic songs into exact genres because we like to use the best parts of everything.
Here are some examples for each genre:
Breakbeat = Pendulum => Sounds of Life.
(special note about Pendulum, they don't stick strictly with one genre; also be sure to listen to [Self VS Self featuring Anders Friden of In Flames] and [Set Me On Fire] which is actually dubstep rather than breakbeat)
Dubstep = Knife Party => Centipede.
Drum&Bass = Evol Intent => The Rapture
Glitch = The Glitch Mob - Beyond Monday
Techno = THIS
Rave = Manion => Raver's Fantasy
Hardstyle = THIS
Trance = Paul Van Dyk => Let Go
Dance = Cascada = Everytime We Touch
Hardcore = THIS
Enjoy studying those genres, my friend! Learning what makes each one unique is the key to improving.