Power electronics (music)
|Stylistic origins||Industrial music,
|Cultural origins||Early 1980s, United Kingdom
Mid 1980s, Germany
|Typical instruments||Synthesizer, drum machine, tape loops, drums, guitar, sampler, modified electronics, keyboard|
Power electronics was originally coined by William Bennett as part of the sleevenotes to the Whitehouse album Psychopathia Sexualis, and is related to the early Industrial Records scene but later became more identified with noise music. It consists of screeching waves of feedback, analogue synthesizers making sub-bass pulses or high frequency squealing sounds, and screamed, distorted, often hateful and offensive lyrics. Deeply atonal, there are no conventional melodies or rhythms. Artists include Philip Best, Sutcliffe Jügend, and Genocide Organ.
Death industrial is an industrial sub-genre typified by a dense atmosphere, low-end drones and screamed or distorted vocals. It can be differentiated from power electronics by a slower, more atmospheric sound reminiscent of dark or ritual ambient, and a less abrasive sound.The term was first used to describe artists such as Brighter Death Now. Other artists include Anenzephalia, Atrax Morgue, Aelia Capitolina, Hieronymus Bosch, Stratvm Terror and Dead Man's Hill.
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- "Death Industrial (aka Dark Noise)". Rateyourmusic.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011.[unreliable source?]
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