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EBM (Electronic Body Music) and industrial music are two distinct musical genres, but often associated due to their common origins in the 1980s and certain stylistic similarities. Here's a description of each genre:

Electronic Body Music (EBM):
EBM is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Belgium and Germany. It is characterized by a minimalist, rhythmic electronic sound, combined with industrial elements and powerful bass lines. EBM is often considered a precursor of industrial music and techno.

EBM features :

  1. Repetitive rhythms: EBM is based on repetitive, hypnotic rhythms, usually produced by rhythm machines and synthesizers.
  2. Industrial influence: EBM borrows sonic elements from industrial music, such as metallic sounds, samples of industrial machinery and dark atmospheres.
  3. Songs and lyrics: EBM lyrics are often recited or sung monotonously or expressively, addressing themes such as society, technology, politics and alienation.
  4. Nightclub dancing: EBM has been particularly popular in nightclubs and clubs, as its upbeat rhythm is dance-inducing.
  5. Iconic bands: EBM icons include Front 242, Nitzer Ebb, Front Line Assembly and DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft).

Industrial music :
Industrial music is an experimental, avant-garde musical genre that also emerged in the 1980s. It is influenced by noise, industrial sounds, avant-garde and electronic elements. Industrial music often explores discordant and disruptive sounds to create a dark, abrasive and sometimes chaotic atmosphere.

Characteristics of industrial music :

  1. Industrial sounds: Industrial music uses recordings of industrial machinery, metallic creaks and disturbing noises to create dystopian atmospheres.
  2. Sound experimentation: Industrial artists turn to sound experimentation, using sound collage techniques, samples and electronic effects.
  3. Lack of traditional structure: Unlike conventional popular music, industrial music can lack traditional song structure, concentrating instead on sonic textures and atmospheres.
  4. Lyrical content: Industrial music lyrics can be provocative, politically engaged or explore dark, introspective themes.
  5. Pioneers: Industrial music pioneers include artists such as Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubauten, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails.

Although EBM and industrial music share certain common features, they differ significantly in terms of sonorities, musical approaches and themes. Both have had a profound influence on the development of electronic and experimental music over the years.

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