History of House
So I saw the latest trailer / teaser for the house that built chicago ; which is a brand spanking new house music documentary which for me I found quite painful. So myself personally when asked this question I first thought of the golden era with the likes of Fingers Inc , Frankie Knuckles , Larry Levan etc but then I remembered been shown a Number of names – sharevari by moodymann the first time I saw him he hand picked this as the track that started it all.
Now although I think Kenny Dixon Jr might be the coolest mother fucker on the planet I couldn’t help but still scratch my head and think was that the very beginning? and what came before then?
So here’s my little piece on the history of house…. hope you enjoy.
Now before I go on i’ll tell you now this shit ain’t gospel either i’m not saying I know the answer because truly I reckon it’s hard to point a finger at a group of fat kids with cake all round there lips and say who took the first slice but i’m gonna get all inspector cluso on this shit and to do that you gotta find out who firstly baked the cake before it was consumed…. so here we go!
What happened before house??..
Well the answer would be Disco and the first traditional disco tune I can find would be this and by traditional I mean (electric bass and guitar, live drums, and acoustic orchestras)
Now this little puppy dates back as far as 1969 and I don’t think it can be argued that it has all the elements of disco but when did Disco become electronic and synth happy?
Well that was when the Moog came around and the first guy to master that was a chap who had a girls names. Sweet ol’ Wendy Carlos came and fucked shit up in classical land by spanking an album called switched on bach. It was recorded on a custom-built eight-track recorder fannying about with numerous takes and overdubs. This was long before the days of MIDI sequencers. Recording the album was a tedious and time-consuming process—each of the pieces had to be assembled one part at a time it’s a lot of a fuck about but well worth it as this is what he created.
Jazz got hold of it and it sounded like this
Electronic Music was created and it sounded like this……
And when Disco finally got to grips it sounded EPIC
Now i’ve totally lost myself here. Where was we? This isn’t about the Moog but about house but I think it’s very important to talk about this as it’s a key part to any electronic sound and house is electronic so there is a very brief history on the Moog and what is did to some genres.
Now are we closer to finding out who made the first house music song?? Absolutely not. But I think it’s important to point out a few people who could be in contention to claiming they started house music these are Telex and of course it needed someone from Japan home of the Yamaha Keyboard and let’s be fair all round dab hands with technology i’m talking about the Yellow Magic Orchestra these guys was snapping necks before Kraftwerk and certainly deserve a mention.
& Yellow Magic Orchestra (skip it in if your don’t wanna feel like your stuck inbetween a battle between Sonic the hedgehog and Mario & Luigi)
Personally the closest I can get to finding the first house beat as we know it now is 1984 with a few people contending who stamped the house stamp.
Everyone jumped on Jesse Saunders On & On, which has sold at £180 at it’s higest so surely thats for a reason behind the price maybe this was the first ever house tune ever made?
But I can’t help but put this into contention too
Personally I don’t think we’ll know which fat chubby fuck eat that first slice of cake nor’ will we find out who made house music first but I thought i’d dig some things out that made a difference.
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