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The History of Electronic Music

A History of Electronic Music Continued

Electronic music has been around in various forms for about 100+ years. Im sure some of you are thinking what? Yes... over 100 years+

I'm not going to give you the long and boring about the stuff you don't really care to read about anyway. I'm going to make nice and just tell you about the good stuff.

Disco started it all

Disco started it all. It was around the mid 70's when disco had really arrived. Disco was a blend of funk and soul music. Of course the Disco clubs where the happening thing in the 70's and Cocaine was fueling the fire. Clubs would stay open most of the night and bell bottomed ballers (that term wasn't used then) would dance the night away.

The UK Twists It Up

The UK then took Disco and turned it into what we would now consider house music. House music would later branch out into various genres. Trance, Disco House, Acid House, Funky House, Progressive House, Latin House, Hard House.

Hip Hop is Born

About that same time Hip Hop was being born (yes people hip hop is electronic music). Hip Hop or Breaks as it was known was the brainchild of some crazy cats that thought it would be a great idea to take the "breaks of the songs" what we might call the chorus or hook nowadays, and just link them together with other breaks. In order to do that it required 2 turntables.

Break Beat is still around, and very popular around the South Eastern parts of the United States. Mainly Florida (the home of Magic Mike, DJ Icey, DJ Baby Anne, DJ Eric Berretta, DJ Sharaz, Tony Faline, Friction and Spice, and DJ Infiniti.)

Jungle and Hardcore Emerge

As with any music genres people begin to push the envelope. Even faster music genres emerged. Jungle eventually to be called DnB or Drum N Bass was adopted into the underground electronic music scene. It came from Reggae or Ragga and ended up being a fast paced Break Beat 165-190bpm. Hardcore came out around the same time. It was little more than House on Steroids. The bpm for Hardcore was around the same speed as DnB.

So that about sums it.

All music is the same yet different.
Mike Koenig
Jun 4th 2007

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