Experimental Dance Music
We make experimental dance music.
Intelligent dance music (commonly abbreviated as IDM) is a style of electronic music originating in the early 1990s, regarded as “cerebral” and better suited to home listening than dancing. We think the term, IDM, is divisive and we distance ourselves from that direct label. But, “IDM” is used to pigeonhole us.
Emerging from electronic and rave music styles such as techno, acid house, ambient music, and breakbeat, ‘IDM’ tends to rely upon individualistic experimentation rather than adhering to characteristics associated with specific genres.
The term “intelligent dance music” has been widely criticised and dismissed by most artists associated with the term, including ourselves. The term was likely dreamt up for the 1992 Warp compilation ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and is said to have originated in the US in 1993 with the formation of the “IDM list”, an electronic mailing list originally chartered for the discussion of English artists appearing on the compilation.
It is a term we distance ourselves from but a term used to pigeon-hole us. It is widely reviled but still commonly used.
“IDM” is a loaded term that is meant to distinguish electronic music that is equally comfortable on the dancefloor as in the living room. So called “IDM” (Intelligent Dance Music) is a term that causes distance, segregation & exclusion in the Dance Music community. It prompts the question of whether people produced “Stupid” dance music.
The term ‘IDM’ is is not needed, but we are pigeonholed with it. We just like doing what we like to do; making experimental dance music, dance music that doesn’t conform.