Electronic Dance Music, or EDM, is a genre of music that has enjoyed success. Although it grew out of art music in the twentieth century, EDM is considered popular music. But, is the future of EDM confined only within popular music or is there potential for it to influence or become art music? Or perhaps, is EDM already a form of art regardless of whether or not it is commonly seen as such? In response to such quandaries, this paper will form a method of critique to analyze EDM in comparison to art music. To do so, an overall understanding and definition of what art music is or is not will be presented. In addition, the history of popular dance music influencing art music of the past as well as common musical characteristics of EDM will be presented. These factors will be considered and used to evaluate EDM as art.
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