House music is a type of electronic dance music that has a structure of four beats per measure (written as 4/4). This 4/4 time is the most common structure for rock and pop music as well, and listeners can easily tap along with the beat of music. The off-beats (the second and fourth beats in each measure) are often accented by a high hat cymbal crash. House music is usually played at a fast tempo. This sort of music started in Detroit and Chicago dance clubs in the early 1980s. It is considered a combination of disco beats with synthesizer (an electric, portable piano) sounds usually

created by mixing musical tracks over drummachine or bass machine beats and rhythms for dancing.

DJs to move their fingers back and forth from side to side on the vinyl record like a crab while flicking the cross fader on the mixer. This technique was pioneered by Grand Wizard Theodore in the early 1980s. The most popular DJ beats came from funk and disco songs of the 1970s. Some people claim that the origins of EDM date to 1971, when the San Francisco funk band Sly and the Family Stone used a drummachine to create the beat on their pop hit “Family Affair.” Other performers whose songs were often sampled by DJs included James Brown, George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, and Chic.


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