Every Noise at Once is a fascinating rabbithole– especially for us music-lovers in Radio, who tend to appreciate widely varying genres. It seems right now that my favorite music genres are punk rock, electronic, and hip hop (though I don’t know much about hip hop yet). Anyone could hear a song from one of these broad genres and say which it belongs to, but they would find the reason why a song is punk and not hip hop harder to articulate. Punk songs are characteristically fast-paced and often as short as 1.5 minutes, but many slower and longer songs are also characterized as punk. They almost always have rough voices which are cheeky or angry, stripped down instrumentation, and their lyrics are often political or anti-establishment.
Electronic music is an absurdly wide umbrella term (especially as all recorded music is processed by electronics in some way these days), but can be thought of as music with sounds that are primarily synthesized. If there are vocals and they are more in focus than these sounds, I would no longer call it electronic music. To be called “Electronic Dance Music” a song must have a beat for most of the song, and it is usually in 4/4. There are infinite subcategories of “electronic music” and of them I like many, and some not as much. The only electronic music I don’t like is the real “mainstream” stuff with a lot of vocals and predictable cookie-cutter buildups and drops.