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    "In the beginning, there was Jack. And Jack had groove."

    —"My House", Chuck Roberts

    House Music started in Chicago in The Eighties (but received little exposure outside Chicago until the late Eighties/Nineties) when DJs started looping the breaks [a part of the song where the beat is the emphasis] of disco songs over and over, because they found that the crowd reacted to those specific parts the best.

    After a while early house musicians started recording their own songs where the break was the foundation and used electronic instruments/sequencers to create new melodies based on the rhythm. When drum machines came out it allowed for even more freedom in beat making. Early Chicago house has a definite gospel influence, vocal samples could range from choirs and divas to a preacher-esque person yelling about the tenets of house music. This paved the way for the freeform vocal samples (people yelling, rapping, singing, generally doing whatever as long as it's with the beat) to dominate later house tracks. Other influences were Italo-disco (disco that got progressively more electronic and stayed strong in Europe after its fade in the U.S.A.) and New Wave. As technology improved experimentation within the medium grew. Experimenting with the Roland TB-303 (a synthesizer/sequencer) resulted in acid house, which basically started the rave movement as we know it.

    From there, many sub-genres of house music have come up, and it is arguably the most famous example of electronic dance music around.

    Tropes used in House Music include: