Disco’s Revenge – Talk of the House music



The disco boom began in the mid-1970s and reached its peak with the release of the movie “Saturday Night Fever” (released in 1977; in Japan, it was released the following year, 1978), the disco boom became a worldwide phenomenon and reached its peak. This led to the release of disco music one after another by many musicians, including worldwide hits such as “Donna Summer – Hot Stuff” and “Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?

Meanwhile, the overheated disco boom and the violent backlash against disco culture (e.g., Disco Demolition Night) led to the rapid decline of disco music at the end of the 1970s.

The Dawn

In the early 1980s, DJ Frankie Knuckles (later called the father of house) from New York, who played at the “Warehouse” club in Chicago (the name of the club would later become the origin of the word house), started using a tape recorder to make it easier for clubgoers to dance. He began playing remixes (re-edits) of disco music at the “Warehouse” by stretching out the intros and breaks of the disco music and adding drum sounds from a Roland TR-909.

Impressed by Frankie Knuckles’ Warehouse sound, young independent musicians began to make disco music-derived sounds (beat-making) with TR-909s, TR-808s, tape recorders, etc., which were not popular at the time and were sold second-hand for a fraction of their cost. This was the beginning of House music. This was the beginning of House music.

Lo-Fi Four 0n The fFloor Superstars

In the 1990s, when hip-hop was entering its golden age with the advent of the MPC, House music also saw the emergence of charismatic musicians using the MPC and SP-1200. Later, especially Lo-Fi House (house with a lo-fi texture; here we call it Lo-Fi House in the broadest sense of the word) was introduced. Theo Parrish and Moodymann, two key figures who would go on to have a major influence on the beatmakers of Lo-Fi House in the broad sense of the term.

Both beatmakers represented Detroit’s underground scene, sampling vintage soul music, jazz, ambient, etc., and using hardware samplers such as the MPC and SP-1200 to create a slightly downbeat, rough, lo-fi sound. These were characterized by a slightly downbeat, rough, lo-fi sound. These were to have a major impact on house music.

Game Changer

In November 2000, House music, a worldwide smash hit, is released. It is the 6th single “One More Time” by the French house duo Daft Punk. The impressive talkbox vocals, sampling from disco music that could be described as a return to their roots, and a music video by Reiji Matsumoto attracted attention and established a firm position in the major music scene.

You needs no explanation about Daft Punk, but it is an artist who has continued to have a profound influence not only on house music, but on dance music as a whole, even after their breakup in 2021.

Internet community

In the 2010s, independent musicians and amateur musicians who do not make music their full-time job began to post their own works on YouTube and other video-sharing sites, activating a community on the Web. The number of opportunities to come into contact with the works of people other than themselves increased overwhelmingly. Musicians with the same musical orientation began to form a core community, which gave birth to a new genre of music.

Lofi hip hop, Vaporwave, and others have emerged from music communities on the Web through such processes. The development of such Internet music, especially beat music such as Lofi hip hop and Vaporwave, can be attributed to the tide of access to vast amounts of music through websites, the increasing performance of DAW software, and the personal, easy-to-use, inexpensive sampler SP-404 SX, a personal, easy-to-use, and inexpensive sampler.

Daft Punk-inspired musicians from the Vaporwave community began posting on the Web site four-beat beats sampling Japanese anime and city pop, especially 1980s Japanese idol pop, which became well received.

Future Funk, which samples Japanese anime lines and city pop music in its entirety and incorporates many elements of house music, has triggered the recent city pop boom and spawned such generally recognized stars as “Macross 82-99” and “Night Tempo.

Perhaps the place where cutting-edge music is born has replaced the clubs with Internet communities.

House music has branched out into various subgenres since its birth and continues to evolve today, but the euphoric feeling it gives to listeners and dancers will continue for many years to come, thanks to the repetitive kick drum four-punching that is the most distinctive feature inherited from disco music.

The House is the disco’s revenge.

Frankie Knuckles

Revenge is a dish that tastes better when it’s cold.

An old saying in France.