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March 26, 2007

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The History of House Music

by Daren
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This three-part documentary chronicles the birth of House music and how it evolved into so many different genres we know today.  Each segment is about an hour, but it’s definitely worth the watch. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

February 21, 2006

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The Amen Break

by Daren
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Yet more sampling history … This fascinating, brilliant 20-minute video narrates the history of the “Amen Break,” a six-second drum sample from the b-side of a chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music — a six-second clip that […]

February 20, 2006

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The History of Sampling

by Daren
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Following the sampling theme of my previous post, check out this visual display of sampling artists vs. sampled artists. Each square represents an album, with sampled artists on the lower half and sampling artists on the upper half. Albums are placed horizontally according to release date, while vertical placement reflects the number of samples on […]

November 30, 2005

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From the Autobahn to I-94: The Origins of Detroit Techno and Chicago House

by Daren
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Twenty years ago, two groups of young, mostly black Midwesterners– influenced in parts by disco, Philly Soul, and European synth-pop– simultaneously created the two major movements in modern dance music, house and techno. We celebrate those minimal, primitive early pangs of mechanized dance by speaking to Detroit techno pioneers Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie “Flashin” […]

November 11, 2005

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The Music Genome Project

by Daren
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I’ve just started playing around with Pandora, but it looks promising. Put simply, these guys tagged songs by over 10,000 artists based on musical elements. The result is a music search engine/streamer based on “music genes” rather than the genre someone labels it. I thought for sure “John Tejada” would break it, figuring they would […]

October 19, 2005

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A vocabulary of culture

by Daren
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Most internet-savvy people will begin their searches for information with either Google or Wikipedia. But if you’re looking for an alternate, more personalized source specifically pertaining to culture, check out Jan Geerinck’s Jahsonic.com. This isn’t fresh news by any means, as Jan has been adding to the site since starting in 1996. I first stumbled […]


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