Electronic dance music is often played by DJs at large parties, called raves, that feature colorful lights and loud, pulsing music.


ambient music —a style of gentle, largely electronic instrumental music with no persistent beat, used to create or enhance a mood or atmosphere. break —a time during a song when percussion instruments like drums are the only instruments that are playing. drummachine —an electronic, programmable device that imitates the organic sound of various drum kit and percussive instruments. dubstep —a genre of EDM based around a non-straightened half- step beat, in which a bass-drum kick will often play on the first downbeat and mid-range percussion using snares, claps, or other rhythmic sounds play on the third downbeat. Dubstep is usually played at a fast tempo of about 140 beats per minute (bpm) but can range from 128 to 145. turntablist —someone who uses two (or more) turntables and a DJ mixer to manipulate sounds and create new music.


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