"Also, anyone who applies the term IDM to my music deserves to be shot."
- Chris Jeffs (Cylob)
It's not the artists, nor the record companies who came up with the term Intelligent Dance Music. It is the name of said mailing-list only, and has since been adopted by the fans as a descriptor for the genre.
It should be noted that I personally don't care much for genre descriptors, as they tend to get too narrow for even a single artist. Single songs can even cross multiple genres easily.
Audited January 14, 2002