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What is 'house music'?

06 Nov 03 - 09:47 AM (#1049193)
Subject: What is 'house music'?
From: Uncle_DaveO

Having clicked on one of the Google banner ads on Mudcat, I see quite a number of references to "house music". What in the world is this, please?

Dave Oesterreich


06 Nov 03 - 09:50 AM (#1049194)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: Amos

IS that the groaning you hear when the house settles after dark? I dunno!! :>)

A


06 Nov 03 - 10:38 AM (#1049224)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: Leadfingers

I think its another label for loud tuneless electric Rock/Pop stuff-
The genre is worse for meaningless labels than FOLK


06 Nov 03 - 10:51 AM (#1049232)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: Cool Beans

House music is like techno and incorporates such unfathomable sub-genres as acid house and techno house. It has roots right here in good ol' Motown (the city, not the style). House music has very little in common with a house concert which is, you know, a concert in a house. I suppose one could present a house concert of house music, but you wouldn't catch me there.


06 Nov 03 - 11:08 AM (#1049242)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: Ivan

I was going to say what I thought it was but then I read the "Degradation of language" thread so I went and looked it up in a dictionary of UK slang instead. So here it is:

house         Noun. A contemporary dance music epitomised by its 4/4 beat and use of 'samples'. Vocals and melodies tend not follow the verse / chorus tradition, as they are just 'samples' which need to be fitted into the 4 bar repetitive base structure. It is a descendant of disco music born in North America. Sub-genres of house include tribal, deep, Italian etc.

Not really the kind of music usually discussed here. But there are some folk acts who include an element of this in their music and some folk music does gets sampled in house music so it's not completely irrelevant.


06 Nov 03 - 12:27 PM (#1049260)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: McGrath of Harlow

Any idea why it's called "house"?


06 Nov 03 - 01:32 PM (#1049318)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: Wesley S

My guess would be it comes from the phrase "so and so's in the house" or "we're rockin the house tonight". I could be way off base however.


06 Nov 03 - 02:10 PM (#1049351)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: treewind

I'd like to see a family tree of all the styles which I generically call 'techno', (though that may not be the best generic name either)

house, garage, industrial, ambient, tribal, er, etc...

What's the difference?

Anahata


06 Nov 03 - 02:34 PM (#1049375)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: McGrath of Harlow

There's kitchen - that's folk, though (As in
06 Nov 03 - 02:54 PM (#1049393)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: Dave4Guild

House music is wot you have learnt well enough to be allowed to play in the house. Garage music is that music which, being not that well learnt, is not allowed in the house, but is allowed in the garage.
Shed music is the latter, but on the banjo, fiddle, or pipes.
Precise definitions of the category of the music depends entirely upon the taste of "the Missus", a non-mythical deity who resides within earshot and whose word is"Law"!!!


06 Nov 03 - 04:47 PM (#1049480)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: GUEST,noddy

way back in the late 60s or early 70s Im not sure, my memory of those times are vague... I had an album... a big plastic thing by a band called Godz. I think it was their second album as it was called "Godz 2" but then again perhaps not. Anyway it was billed as "organic tribal body music". I dont know what it sounded like ..as I said things were a bit vague back then!
Anyone know what I am talking about????


06 Nov 03 - 04:57 PM (#1049488)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: SeanM

I've always preferred the overarching label of "electronic" music - music created usually without traditional musical instruments beyond keyboards. It's a huge label, rather the same as "orchestra music" and the like.

Rather than disparage it, I prefer to think of it as just another form of music. Some will like it, some don't. My personal weakness in electronic music tends towards deeply layered "trance", named for the fairly constant slower "trance like" beat and sound patterns.

It can be fascinating, if you're into it. Of course, some say heavy drugs help. But then again, half my friends into the trance scene say that you can't like folk without being a pothead.

M


06 Nov 03 - 09:04 PM (#1049628)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: McGrath of Harlow

This link gives an explanation - basically it's from a particular place in Chicago where they played a particular type of music, and it was called the Warehouse - Origins of the Word House


06 Nov 03 - 10:03 PM (#1049648)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

It is the...new MC-google, sell-out...

<"Caahhh-ching, Caaahh-cling, Caaah-CASH!!!!" CRASH



Which slows your machine, annoys your nerves, and makes the pricipal payment on Max's new house.



Sincerely,

Gargoyle


06 Nov 03 - 10:07 PM (#1049649)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

Seriously, ask ANYONE under age 30, and you will find house to be the "club/dance" music....with a "live-mixing DJ" which has begun to transition out of the "happening-scene"...and is being replaced by the likes of JET.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


07 Nov 03 - 02:04 PM (#1049748)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: Grab

House music started in the late 80s as the next step in dance music from disco, generally using turntablism, sampling and electronics instead of regular instruments. For a good example of early house music, try "Theme from S-Express". From there, it's mutated into every type of dance music around today.

Graham.


07 Nov 03 - 02:10 PM (#1049749)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: The Fooles Troupe

Dave4Guild -
I heard some techno recently on the late night ABC - melodic techno" or "minimilist techno" - I actually liked it as it HAS a melody, and is not swamped by all that other noise - funny, it sounded like simple folk music.... it all goes round I suppose... :-)

Robin


07 Nov 03 - 04:16 PM (#1049830)
Subject: RE: What is 'house music'?
From: SeanM

Might have been some of the experimental "ambient" that I've been hearing lately. It's almost heading towards Philip Glass-esque structure.

Personally can't stand the 180 bpm "candycore", but nice, complex melodic trance is a definitely good thing to have on hand for the end of a long day while stuck sitting in traffic...

M