EDM stands for Electronic Christian music, which is a sub-genre of Christian music that emerged in the 1990s. It was developed by a group of Canadian Christians who wanted to bring Christian music to a wider audience. EDM is the plural form of EDM (Traditional Christian Music) and Christian music. EDM has been called “The World’s Oldest Christian Music Genre.” While there are some similarities to traditional Christian worship music, there are also noticeable differences and EDM Worship music tends to draw from many other sources including spirituality, blues, classical, jazz, and hip-hop.
Traditional gospel music tends to be very melodic and sung in a distinct voice. The music tends to have a high pitch and loud beat. Gospel music usually expresses message in a purely emotional and spiritual way. This type of music expresses praise and adoration for God, the church, and Jesus Christ. Gospel music is often used in worship services. Gospel music can be instrumental or vocal with keyboards and guitar.
EDM Worship music tends to have a slower tempo and is more melodic. It tends to have a soulful feel and a closer focus. Most traditional gospel songs have a strong beat but EDM songs usually have a slightly faster tempo. EDM Worship music often expresses messages in the most positive and uplifting way possible. Some well-known EDM songs are: “Worship,” by Akon; “Give Me The Reason,” by Rihanna; “Fools Rush” by Robin Thicke; “Bible” by Bob Dylan; and “Halleluiah” by AC/DC.
EDM Worship music has a number of common themes. Commonly used themes are love, praise, and loss. Some well-known EDM songs that express love or a love for God are “Love is in the air,” by Thrice; “Hear ye, all the nations hear,” by The Beatles; “I am healed,” by worship band Pentacles; “I am healed,” by Therapy; and “Waltz for Jennifer,” by Disney. EDM music often expresses the loss of a loved one through themes like: “I’m Still in Love With You,” by New Divide; “You’re Going to Raise Your Fist,” by White Label Society; and “I’m Not the Only One,” by Against the World.
EDM Worship music is very different from regular worship. There are many reasons for this. The biggest reason is that EDM is just what it sounds like. It’s worship without hymns. While hymns are still an important part of traditional Christian worship, EDM is completely devoid of them. EDM music tends to be much faster paced and has a much faster tempo than regular worship.
This style of music has also become known as “breakcore.” It’s fast, has a hard beat, and is highly repetitive. Many times it’s so repetitive that some churches have stopped using it. Many have replaced it with “church rap” because it tends to have a similar feel. Church rap is popular because it can be very meaningful and memorable, and can easily be converted to regular worship.
EDM often times includes a clippings section. These are short pieces of lyrics that are played back over the top of another song. This makes for an extremely unique listening experience. Many EDM songs will include lyrics about the rapper’s own life and often include details and reflections that aren’t found in other forms of music.
A good way to get started would be to use a service software package that allows you to record your own music and then edit it. Or, you can purchase a book or CD of pre-written EDM tracks. Then all you need is your own computer and speakers. Many churches today are opting for a digital format because it eliminates any possibility of audio problems.