The differences and genres in Techno, House & Electronic Dance Music (EDM) discussion

House music and techno are both genres of electronic dance music that emerged in the 1980s and have evolved over time. While they share some similarities, there are also distinct differences between the two.

House music is characterized by a steady, four-on-the-floor beat, and often incorporates elements of funk, soul, and disco. It is known for its use of samples, and often features a prominent bassline and vocals. House music is generally considered to be more melodic and soulful than techno.

Techno, on the other hand, is known for its repetitive and hypnotic beats, and often incorporates elements of electronic and experimental music. It is characterized by its use of electronic drums, synthesizers, and computer-generated sounds. Techno is generally considered to be more experimental, abstract and minimal than house.

One of the main differences between house and techno is the tempo or beats per minute (BPM). House music generally falls in the range of 120-130 BPM, while techno is typically between 130-150 BPM. There are many sub-genres of both house and techno that can fall outside of these ranges.

Deep House, for example, can have a slower tempo around 110-120 BPM while Acid House or Chicago house is around 130-135 BPM. On the other hand, Electro House can have a tempo of 130-140 BPM and Progressive House around 125-135 BPM.

Techno can also have a wide range of tempos. Detroit techno and minimal techno are around 120-130 BPM, while hard techno and Schranz can be around 150-160 BPM.

The tempo of a song is not the only determining factor in classifying a track as house or techno, and that there are many other elements that contribute to the overall sound and style of a track.

As you can see on this Google Search there are many genres of dance music but they are different

Here is a more exhaustive list

There are many sub-genres within the broader categories of house and techno music. Some examples include:


Deep house
Acid house
Chicago house
Soulful house
Funky house
Tech house
Electro house
Progressive house
Tribal house
Minimal house
Ghetto house
more here


Detroit techno
Acid techno
Minimal techno
Ambient techno
IDM (Intelligent Dance Music)
Electro techno
Hypnotic Techno
Melodic techno
Psychedelic trance
Dub techno
Hard techno
Drum & Bass
more here

another good reference / Timeline format:

This is not an exhaustive list and there are many other sub-genres within the house and techno music scene.

We think EDM is 2 things:
1. Pop Dance Music
2. a definition of all electronic dance music
and it depends on who your talking to and in what context

Pop dance music (EDM) encompasses a wide range of styles, from the more commercial, mainstream sounds of pop-oriented dance music. EDM is a Cultural Signifier that has been co-opted by marketers and commodified. We are going to ignore this because we feel pop dance music sucks, we want to hear music that is new and exciting.

House and techno music are both vast and diverse styles, with a long history and many sub-styles and variations. It is not possible for one person to know everything about the styles, as they are constantly evolving and changing. New artists, sub-styles, and trends are emerging all the time, and the scene is constantly in flux. Even the most dedicated fans and experts can only have a general understanding of the styles and its evolution, and it’s important to acknowledge that there will always be more to discover and learn about these styles.

The way Peace of Mind approach the vastness of House and techno music is to focus on the DJs and producers as a way of categorization. Each DJ and producer brings their own unique style, influences and approach to their music, which can help to differentiate and understand the vastness of these genres. This can help to identify key figures within the genres, and to understand how they have contributed to its evolution. It’s important to remember that the genre is not static, so focusing on individual DJs and producers is a way to grasp the ever-changing landscape of House and techno music. Additionally, by focusing on DJs and producers, it can help to identify personal preferences and tastes, which can lead to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the music.

for a stylistic example of House & Techno we will use
Danny Tenaglia CELEDA – Music Is The Answer

the first example is the original House music version the 2nd is a Techno remix

Ben Sims Mark Broom

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