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us: House music



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    • found: Work cat.: 97046173: Rietveld, Hillegonda C. This is our house, c1998 (house, house music; dance music, repetitive 4/4 beat, roughly 120-140 bpm; term first used in Chicago in late 1970s; originated in a dance club called the Warehouse; DJ there would mix Philadelphia soul music, New York club music, Euro-disco and sound effects, creating a soundtrack for an entire night, or would re-edit disco favorites, adding a bass rhythm at high volume, using rhythm makers and drum machines; originally aimed at a gay audience, mainly of African-American and Latino background; music has elements of gospel, soul, jazz, funk, and salsa; also shows influence of contemporary European electronic dance music; such categories of music as rave, techno, and trance house share with house music the use of similar technologies, DJ techniques, rhythm, tempo, and places of consumption; in 1987, when Chicago police banned after-hours parties, development of house music there stagnated, but thereafter it spread to the mainly white heterosexual club world of Europe, especially England (where it became the soundtrack for "acid house parties," called "raves" from 1989 onwards), the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Italy, gradually losing its African-American sensibilities; European house music styles were then exported back to U.S., where they were known as techno-rave)
    • found: New Rolling Stone encyc. of rock & roll, c1995 (house music/acid house; created around 1981 as musical style for Chicago's Black gay culture; its developer, DJ Frankie Knuckles, mixed speedy disco beats with records of Latin, Philly, Salsoul, and African music; the more hypnotic acid house is a psychedelic variation on the Chicago style, developed in London; so named because the word "acid," Chicago slang for "sampling" or "taking someone else's music," was interpreted as a reference to LSD)
    • found: Reader's guide abstracts (house music; Warehouse DJ Frankie Knuckles took parts of recordings and mixed them up, adding synthesizers and a drum machine's beat; mosaic of rap's rhythm and go-go's percussion, streamlined over a pulsating bass line)
    • found: HouseNation.com WWW site, Dec. 9, 1997 (house, house music; a continuation of disco, that is, classic, Black, urban, Philadelphia, R&B-style disco)
    • found: Streetsound's House of House WWW site, Dec. 9, 1997 (house, house music; evolved from disco)
    • found: Hennepin.
    • found: Fikentscher, Kai. "You better work!" : underground dance music in New York City, c2000 (UDM; house music is the predominant musical [sub]category of UDM)
    • found: DanceGrooves WWW site, 04-18-00 (online record store specializing in all kinds of underground dance music: includes house)
    • found: WWW.elevatorrecords.com WWW site, Apr. 18, 2000 (supplier of quality underground dance music: includes house [and varieties of house])
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