House music

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House music is a style of electronic dance music that originated in Chicago, Illinois, USA in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was initially popularized in mid-1980sdiscothèques, first in Chicago, then in New York City and Detroit. It eventually reached Europe before becoming infused in mainstream pop & dance music worldwide.

House music is stronglyinfluenced by elements of soul- and funk-infused varieties of disco.

Musical elements

The common element of house music is a prominent kick drum on every beat, usually generatedby a drum machine or sampler.

Producers use many different sound sources for bass sounds in house music, from continuous, repeating electronically-generated lines sequenced on asynthesizer.

Electronically-generated sounds and samples of recordings from genres such as jazz, blues and synth pop are often added to the foundation of the drum beat and synthbass line. House songs may also include disco, soul-style, or gospel vocals and additional percussion such as tambourine. Many house mixes also include repeating, short etc.


1 Precursors

House music is a descendant of disco, which blended soul, R&B, funk, with celebratory messages about dancing, love, and sexuality, all supported byrepetitive arrangements and a steady bass drum beat.

House was also influenced by mixing and editing techniques earlier explored by disco DJs, producers, and audio engineers who producedlonger, more repetitive and percussive arrangements of existing disco recordings.

1 Etymology

The origins of the term "house music" are disputed. The term may have itsorigin from a club called the The Warehouse, which was one of the nightclubs that became popular among the teenagers living in the Chicago area in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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