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House || !House

Written by Becca on June 18, 2023

In the context of electronic dance music (EDM), music is often categorized into different genres based on their characteristics and styles. When it comes to EDM, there is a playful distinction that divides music into two genres: house and not house.

1. House: House music is one of the foundational genres within EDM. It originated in the 1980s in Chicago and is characterized by its four-on-the-floor beat, repetitive basslines, and soulful or disco-inspired vocals. House music typically has a steady tempo ranging from around 120 to 130 beats per minute (BPM). Within the house genre, there are further sub-genres such as deep house, progressive house, tech house, and more, each with their own unique sound and variations.

2. Not House: The term not house is a playful way to refer to all other genres within EDM that do not fall under the house umbrella. It is not an official genre but rather a humorous nod to the diverse array of electronic music styles beyond house. This category encompasses numerous genres like trance, techno, dubstep, drum and bass, electro, trap, future bass, and many more. These genres can have varying tempos, rhythmic patterns, melodic structures, and sonic characteristics that set them apart from house music.

It is important to note that the electronic music scene is constantly evolving, and new genres continue to emerge as artists experiment with different sounds and influences. The division into house and not house is not an exhaustive categorization but rather a simplified way to humorously describe the two broad categories within EDM. In reality, there are numerous sub-genres and styles within each category, making electronic music a rich and diverse musical landscape.