The origins of hardcore emerged in the late 1980s. It largely derived from the combining of techno with EBM and New Beat sounds coming from theBelgian club scene at the time. A number of artists such as à;GRUMH... and later Leather Strip began to call their music hardcore techno. The origins of the name are largely rooted in this scene, although hardcore also regularly incorporated elements of house into its sound.
Hardcore is usually composed using music sequencers, and many earlier tracks were produced on home computers with module tracker software. Some examples of the software used are FL Studio, Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic, Nuendo and Reason. The wide availability of computers, combined with the absence of financial remuneration, means that many hardcore musicians write for their own enjoyment and the pleasure of innovation.
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