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Brief History of House Music

21 February 2019

One of the most popular sub-genres of electronic music, "House" has its roots back in 80's. From Chicago's underground drum machines to biggest stages, as musiconline we took a closer look at the history of house music.

A typical House song has a tempo of 4/4, an electronic-synthesized bass sound and a bpm value somewhere between 115 and 128. House music itself is a sub-genre of electronic music however, it has sub-genres like Electro House, Deep House and a newly-emerging one Indian House. Although it is quite popular all around the world nowadays, House music was only known in Chicago and New York until the first years of 90's.

Spreading across the ocean, to Great Britain, House music became first popular among underground stages of England. Within a short period of time, its energetic nature took over Europe. Back then, House music used to have a minimal style compared to now. So other genres like Techno and Trance were derived from it with their unique sounds. During 90's, one may consider these times as the golden era of Trance, Daft Punk started to shape the sound of House as we know it today.

It may be a bold claim, but 2000's can be thought as the Renaissance of House music. Names like Deadmau5, Fedde Le Grand, David Guetta and Calvin Harris took the revolution Daft Punk started to a different level. These modern geniuses are the ones who made House music popular.

Taking a moment to take a look at where we are now. One more year and we leave 2010's behind. With the help of technological advancements, making music became easier but Swedish producers took the game to the next level. Producers like Avicii, Steve Angello, Axwell, Ingrosso and Alesso shaped a school of thought. Swedish House music borrowed significant amount of elements from Rock music.

Right behind the Swedes, Dutch producers followed. Or vice versa, not so sure. Dutch house is mainly distinguished by melodic arpeggios and represented by Laidback Luke, Afrojack, R3hab and Quintino mainly.

Of course, we can only cover a teeny tiny snippet of House music in a single post. There are many others to cover like Deep House, Nu House, Electro House, Progressive House, Minimal House and more... Each and every one of these sub-genres has its unique culture and background and worth digging.

Understanding where modern day music came from to estimate where it will head is crucial. This is something to achieved by not only reading and studying music history but also having a solid fundamental on music theory and learning musical instruments.

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