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EBM (electronic body music), also known as aggrepo or industrial dance is a music genre that combines elements of post-industrial music and synth punk. It first came to prominence in Belgium and was considered a part of the European new wave movement.
From its inception, the style has been characterized by hard and often danceable electronic beats, clear undistorted or slightly electronically distorted vocals, shouts or growls with reverberation and echo effects, and repetitive sequencer lines. At the time the genre arose, important synthesizers were the Korg MS-20, Emulator II, Oberheim Matrix and Yamaha DX7.
Typical ebm rhythms are based on 4/4 beats, mainly with some minor syncopation to suggest a rock music rhythm structure. Samples, e.g. metal rod, machine and alert sounds, are often used to create a "factory ambiance". Other samples include political speeches and excerpts from science fiction movies.
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