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House music

House may refer to a certain genre of electronic dance music, of which it was one of the earliest forms. It has split into a bewildering number of styles, some of which are described here.

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Acid house

A Chicago derivative built around the Roland TB-303 bassline machine. Hard, uncompromising, tweaking samples produce a hypnotic effect.

Ambient House[?]

Mixing the moody atmospheric sounds of New Age and Ambient music with pulsating house beats.

Chicago House

Simple basslines, driving four-on-the-floor percussion and textured keyboard lines are the elements of the original house sound.

Deep House[?]

A slower variant of house (around 120 BPM) with warm sometimes hypnotic melodies that originated in San Francisco.

Epic House[?]

A variant of progressive house featuring lush synth-fills and dramatic beat breakdowns.

French House[?]

A late 1990s house sound developed in France. Inspired by the '70s and '80s funk and disco sounds. Mostly features a typical sound "filter" effect.


New York's version of deep house, named after legendary club the Paradise Garage. May also be called the Jersey Sound due to the close connection many of its artists and producers have with New Jersey.

Hip House[?]

The simple fusion of rap rhymes with house beats.

Italo House[?]

Slick production techniques, catchy melodies, rousing piano lines and American vocal styling typifies the Italian House sound.

New York[?]

Club New York's uptempo dance music, referred to simply as club music by some.

Pop House[?]

The use of house production styles to make traditional pop artists more acceptable on the dancefloor results in the pop house phenomenon.

Tech house

Tech substitutes typical booming house kickdrums with shorter, often distorted kicks, smaller hihats, and noisier snares. House's funky jazz loops are replaced with techno-sounding synth lines.

See also: History of House Music -- Techno

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