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    Electronic Body Music, –known as EBM, because …you know, it’s shorter, –is exactly what its name implies. EBM is a dance-able form of electronica, blended together from Electropunk from Germany, and Industrial from England that emerged around 1984. The genre was influenced by artists like  Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle, and some of the first EBM acts were Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb. Gradually, the genre became more popular; one of best known examples was produced by Nine Inch Nails in 1989, “Head Like A Hole.”

    Although the genre was most popular in Europe, it gradually caught hold around the world. Record labels began to be established in countries such as Belgium (PIAS, Antler-Subway and KK Records), North America (Wax Trax!), Germany (Animalized, Techno Drome International and Zoth Ommog), and Sweden (Front Music Production and Energy Rekords).

    Leæther Strip, :wumpscut:, and early Suicide Commando, are some examples of a more developed EBM sound, adding harsher distortions, but keeping the “dance-able” elements intact. As of recently, the EBM scene has undergone a revival; more and more artists, such as those within the Goa Trance, and New Beat are taking a cue from EBM and are producing music that is more closely linked to, or influenced by EBM. Some examples are Juno Reactor, Astral Projection, Eon Project, and Terence Fixmer, Thomas P. Heckmann and David Carretta.

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