Scratching competitions are held all over the world and require DJs to use only scratching gear like turntables, a DJ sound mixer, and vinyl records. DJs who use electronic software to create their EDMmusic are not allowed to compete in scratching competitions.

The Sounds of EDM Today The electronic dance music of today originated in the mid-1980s. It includes ambient music, which does not have a regular beat; hardcore, which has extremely fast beats; house music and techno, which have a steady beat; drum and bass and dubstep , which have reggae beats played at fast speeds; trance and progressive; and many other forms. Essentially, instead of creating music with instruments in a studio setting or on stage at a performance venue, DJs and EDM producers can take existing music tracks—like the melody from


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