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IDM stands for Intelligent Dance Music. That is not to say that IDM is any more intelligent than any other form of Dance Music, although doubtless some of its fans and producers would like to think that it is. The term first appeared in 1993 in the USA, where it was broadly used to cover the work of artists featured on the 1992 Warp compilation Artificial Intelligence (Number 17 in this chart). Elsewhere in the world at that time the music was known as Ambient Techno, if it was given any particular title at all. Nowadays, the term IDM covers a broad spectrum of beat-driven electronic music which, ironically, is usually made for listening rather than dancing to.

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