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Nortec is a Mexican genre music that has clear origins of the Mexican genres Duranguense and Banda sinaloense. Many times is fusioned with electronic dance music creating a new rithm, but still it is not separated into a different genre, but the two variations are within the Nortec genre.[1] Its developed in Tijuana (a border city in Baja California, Mexico) that first gained popularity in 2001.[2][3][4]

Different individual projects create nortec music. There is also a "Colectivo Visual": a group of designers and VJs who take care of the visual side of nortec live shows. The term Nortec is a conjunction of norteño ("of" or "from the North") and techno, but mainly describes the collision between the music, style and culture of electronic music with those of norteño and tambora, two music genres indigenous to the North of Mexico. These styles are characterized by their use of accordions and double bass (norteño); tubas, clarinets, horns and pumping bass drums (tambora) and quirky use of percussion and polyrhytmic snare drum rolls (both). All of these elements are used to create a sound that is very Tijuana-like.

Nortec originated in 1999 when Pepe Mogt started by experimenting with samples of old banda sinaloense and norteño albums and altering them on his computer or filtering them with analog synthesizers. He had picked up on the idea by listening to the percussive and angular grooves of the tambora and norteña music played at a family social event. Through some contacts in recording studios located in Tijuana's notorious Zona Norte red light district, Pepe compiled tracks of isolated instruments from multitrack recording of tambora and norteño demo recordings that had been abandoned at the studios by the bands that recorded them. He began to burn these tracks onto CD-Rs, which he would later distribute to friends under the condition that they make a new track using the material.

Those first raw tracks were compiled onto the "Nor-tec Sampler", the first release from Mil Records followed by the release "The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1" and then "The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3".

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  1. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (2001). "La Nueva Frontera: The New Tijuana Brass". Time Magazine. Retrieved 2012-04-04. 
  2. ^ Holtz, Déborah (2004). Paso del Nortec: This is Tijuana!. London, UK: Art Data. 
  3. ^ Madrid, Alejandro L. (2008). Nor-tec Rifa! : Electronic Dance Music from Tijuana to the World. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 
  4. ^ "Nortec Collective's Last Album Reflects Changing Times In Tijuana". NPR. September 19, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 

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