What is the genre of House?
House is a genre of electronic music, which is written on electronic musical instruments (synthesizers, drum machines, vocoders, mugham, etc.). This genre emerged in the early 80’s because of dance music deficit.
The genre got its name in honor of Chicago club Warehouse, where house was first performed. In 1976, DJ Frankie Knuckles was at the opening of this club. He improvised and started a trend for the first house remixes. With a help of a reel-to-reel tape recorder, he mounted well-known compositions and supplemented them with some new sounds and parts. He could completely change the speed, rhythm and arrangement. So there was a unique sound of the club Warehouse – a new capital of underground music.
Subsequently, the house became characteristic for specific design and structure. For example, snare beats, semi-open Hi-Hat, claps and crashes. Mechanical, repetitive and minimalistic rhythm was a characteristic feature of such music. There are vocals of the old hits of 80s and 70s in tracks due to the fact that music came out of remixes. The vocals are complemented by the soft sound of major keyboards and bass guitar part.
The song “On and On” by Chicago DJ Jesse Saunders was the first track on House genre.
The House genre was inspired by gospel, soul, jazz and funk and ideologically became the music of oppressed people (Afro-Americans, Latinos). The main goal of House is to unite people of all races, different origins and sexual orientation.
Main styles of House genre
Now House music has several independent styles, such as:
- Progressive House. It is the most common and positive style, which includes catchy melodies from the best charts.
- Club House. It is a simple and accessible music with a simple rhythm and arrangement. It is designed to give a club incendiary mood with a distinct rhythm and positive tracks.
- Deep House. This style is quite minimalistic. There are not so many vocals in it. In terms of perception, this style is complex (not to everyone’s taste), suited more for listening, not for dancing.
- Acid House. The sound tempo of this style is slightly higher than the usual House. There is almost no vocal (with only a few exceptions), it is also a dance style.
- Soulful House. The lightest style, as its beats are reduced to 80-90 beats per minute and have a refined rhythm of sound.
- French House. The main feature of the style is a mixture of styles and trends of electro music in one track. It can be confused with techno music.
- Ambient House. It is poorly traced rhythm and beat. Sometimes there is a melodic vocal, causing positive emotions.
- Vocal House: Vocal is the dominant element. It is based on a very vivid expression of emotions and a word play to create the effect of repetition.
- Tech House: There are clear snare, noisy samples and bright drums. Rhythm is faster than usual House.
- Dream House. Usual House track is processed. Rhythm becomes slower and unhurried.