It was created by DJs and music producers from Chicago‘s underground club culture in the 1980s, as DJs from the subculture began altering disco dance tracks to give them a more mechanical beat and deeper basslines.
From its beginnings in the Chicago club and local radio scene, the genre expanded internationally to London, then to other American cities such as New York City and Detroit before becoming a worldwide phenomenon.
Many house producers also did and continue to do remixes for pop artists. Until today, house music has remained popular on radio and in clubs while retaining a foothold on the underground scenes across the globe.
and often, but not necessarily, sung, spoken or sampled vocals. In house, the bass drum is sounded on beats one and three, and the snare drum, claps, or other higher-pitched percussion on beats two and four.
DJs and producers creating a house track to be played in clubs edit a “seven or eight-minute 12-inch mix”; if the track is intended to be played on radio, a “three-and-a-half-minute” radio edit is used.
Unlike trance music, which is designed to keep building in intensity, house music tracks are “more consistent” and rather based on “playing with the constituent parts and bringing them in and out” in a subtle way.
House tracks build up slowly, by adding layers of sound and texture, and by increasing the volume.
House tracks may have vocals like a pop song, but some are “completely minimal instrumental music“, as vocals are not required for the house genre.
If a house track does have vocals, the vocal lines may also be simple “words or phrases” that are repeated.
Influences and precursors
One of the main influences of house was disco; house music having been defined as a genre which “…picked up where disco left off in the late 1970’s.
Like disco DJs, house DJs used a “slow mix” to “lin[k] records together” into a mix.In the post-disco club culture during the early 1980s, DJs from the gay scene made their tracks “less pop-oriented”,
with a more mechanical, repetitive beat and deeper basslines, and many tracks were made without vocals, or with wordless melodies.
Disco became so popular by the late 1970s that record companies pushed even non-disco artists (R&B bands, for example) to produce disco songs.
When the backlash against disco started, known as “Disco sucks“, dance music went from being produced by major label studios to being created by DJs in the underground club scene.
describes how he got involved in house music after hearing Ron Hardy’s music in the Music Box:
“I wasn’t even into dance music before I went to the Music Box.
I was into rock and roll. We would get drunk and listen to rock and roll. We didn’t give a fuck, we were like ‘Disco Sucks!‘ and all that. I hated dance music ‘cos I couldn’t dance. I thought dance music was kind of wimpy, until I heard it at like Music Box volume.”— Marshall Jefferson
an album of Indian ragas performed in a disco style, anticipated the sounds of acid house music, but it is not known to have had any influence on the genre prior to the album’s rediscovery in the 21st century.
According to Hillegonda C. Rietveld, “elements of hip hop and rap can be found in contemporary house tracks”, with hip hop acting as an “accent or inflection” that is inserted into the house sound.
The constant bass drum in house music may have arisen from DJs experimenting with adding drum machines to their live mixes at clubs, underneath the records they were playing.
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