Folktronica or electrofolk is a genre of music comprising various elements of folk music and electronica, often featuring samplings of acoustic instruments—especially stringed instruments—and incorporating hip hop or dance rhythms. Typically, computers are used during the recording process.
Folktronica was coined by music writer Jim Byers on the now-defunct website BurnitBlue.com, during the proliferation of labels like Manchester's Twisted Nerve, responsible for the emergence of Badly Drawn Boy, but with its origins in electronica. It was later used when describing the music coming from Kieran Hebden and his Four Tet project in 2001. In 2001, postmodernpop artist Momus released an album titled Folktronic deliberately exploring (and satirizing) the fusion. A similar genre is "Laptop folk", which refers to a slightly more minimalistic electronic folk. The genre has some antecedents in the electro-acoustic works of more experimental composers like Paul Lansky (particularly on his album Folk Images), and Alan Sondheim. Latin America's biggest folktronica act is arguably Juana Molina.
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