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What is House Music?

What is House Music some may ask? I am very pleased that in the year 2007 you can actually find the definition in the dictionary. Random House defines it as the following:
house music –noun
an up-tempo style of disco music characterized by deep bass rhythms, piano or synthesizer melodies, and soul-music singing, sometimes with elements of rap music.
[Origin: 1985–90; prob. after the Warehouse, a dance club in Chicago]
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

This is a broad definition of House Music. Just as Art has many facets and features so does House music. There are many styles ranging from Deep House, Hard House, Garage House, Vocal House, Jazz House etc. . .

The common thread they share would be the uptempo rhythm and the positive uplifting lyrics.

House music is strongly influenced by some elements of the 1970s music like soul, funk and especially disco. House music which was born in the 80's takes disco's use of a prominent bass drum on every beat and made it new by adding electronic elements such as synthesizer, electronic baselines and drums, electronic effects, samples, and vocal effects.

House music was born in Chicago and more than 20 years later has now gone global. We have the Internet to thank for that. The Internet has made house music more accessible to that many more people. House music has traveled the world and allowed each culture to add their own flavors to the mix. The secret to it's longevity has been it's ability to change and adapt to new environment.

Each individual my have their preference but in the end its just more music to love.

When you look for House Music you start by looking up certain DJ's. Each DJ has their own style and after a few listens it will become clearer to you. Here's a short list of House DJ's for you to look up and sample in no particular order.

Frankie Knuckles
Tony Humphries
Little Louie Vega
Benny Bennasini
Bad Boy Bill
David Morales
Danny Tenaglia
Doc Martin
Fedde le Grand
David Guetta

A short list of artists and groups in no particular order:

Black box
Masters at Work
CeCe Peneston
Crystal Waters
Daft Punk

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