This is a weekly series of genre descriptions. If you disagree with my descriptions, you’re probably wrong. It’s OK. It happens to the best of us.


It’s like listening to a pissed-off robot angrily growling about the failures of humankind at 180 beats per minute.

Inspired by: Neuropunk 37 ( )


It’s like listening to a panicked man screaming at sentient robots in a desperate and futile effort to prevent the percussive explosion that ultimately destroys him.

Inspired by: Combichrist – Making Monsters EP ( )

Industrial metal:

It’s like listening to a prisoner of the Machines who is literally caught in the inner workings of a monstrously gigantic mechanical device. The prisoner screams as he frantically dodges pistons pounding out an inhumanly fast beat.

Inspired by: Fear Factory – Obsolete EP ( )

Minimal techno:

It’s like listening to the audio equivalent of the Mona Lisa; it’s waaay smaller than you thought it was going to be, and there’s so much empty space here…


Damn. This is disappointing. Wait! The eyes moved! Holy shit! The eyes are following me! Hey! C’mere! Check this out! No, no. Just give it a chance, man.

Inspired by: Plasticman – EX EP ( )

Intelligent Dance Music:

It’s like listening to a bitmap of a crazy man’s face that has been mathematically remapped via a power over frequency algorithm into an audio waveform.


No, really. Richard D. James is insane.

Inspired by: Aphex Twin – ΔMi−1 = −αΣn=1NDi[n][Σj∈C[i]Fji[n − 1] +Fexti[n−1]] ( )