Ishkur's Guide To Electronic Music
is a guide by Kenneth John Taylor. Started in 2000, it has gone through several different incarnations, including a notable stay at Newgrounds
, before ending up at Digitally Imported.
The guide begins with a brief overview of some of the equipment used in making music, and then turns into a massive web of genres and samples. One can lose hours just listening to everything.
The genre descriptions themselves are extremely opinionated, and have a stated priority of entertainment over information. Also notable is the amount of hair-splitting involved, even as he criticizes promoters and artists for coming up with a plethora of genre names.
Partial list of artists featured
Tropes common to the genre descriptions include:
- Accentuate the Negative
- Caustic Critic
- Complaining About Music You Don't Like
- Darker and Edgier: Discussed.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Funky House.
- Apparently, Gabber House is cheesy.
- Flanderization: It's noted that many, many subgenres are born by taking a successful artist or song, then focusing on and exaggerating one specific attribute of their sound.
- Gratuitous English: Discussed in the Italo entry.
[T]hey all sang in English, which is odd because English was universally a second language to them, as evidenced by the fact that the lyrics make no sense and the vocalists have thick accents of indeterminate origin.
- Gushing About Music You Like
- Hourglass Plot: Ishkur claims that the pioneers of electronic music were great songwriters and composers but rank novices with their equipment (to be fair, the equipment was so new that everyone was a novice). But somehow along the way, electronic music became dominated by people who understood their equipment forwards and backwards, but didn't know jack shit about writing songs.
- Lighter and Softer: Discussed. Also one his berserk buttons.
- National Stereotypes: According to Ishkur:
- French House (at least Thomas Bangalter from Daft Punk) is "the only reason why the world does not sack France."
- Britain is to blame for the dullness of certain genres, like Trip Hop.
- American culture (at least, in American Hardcore) needs to show how "manly" it is all the time, but every time it does, it looks even more stupid.
- No mention of Japan goes without reference to "giggling schoolgirls" and "robots that will try to take over the world".
- Sarcasm Mode: "Rap music was invented by Blondie."
- Schedule Slip: The current version, 2.5, is from 2005. 3.0 has been promised for a while, and has yet to materialize. He's still working on it, don't you worry...
- Widget Series: If something has any tangential connection to Japan, little girls with robots will be mentioned.
- Ishkur also compares Japan to Toontown due to its weirdness.