The documentary, Pump Up The Volume: The History of House Music is an historical account of the inception and evolution of house music.
House music is a type of electric dance music created in Chicago in the early 1980s. It gained prominence nationally and internationally circa 1984. House music was influenced by various musical genres: pop, gospel, punk, funk, soul, rhythm & blues, and disco. The ingredients used in a basic house composition include but are certainly not limited to: heart pounding kick drums, an infectious baseline, snare drums that build on the first two elements, hi-hat, and drum rim shots.Hum Echo Thud Crash Jingle Swish Swoosh Clatter Crunch Tick Tinkle Tock Clank Splash
House music DJs birthed a rhythmically amalgamated sound and a rich and steadily maturing musical culture. Steve “Silk” Hurley, Joe Smooth and Chip E are a few of the original creators of this innovative music. Although there were only a handful of DJs crafting this new sound at the time, this rhythmically repetitive music swept the club scene. House music, techno music and acid house music (generated from the sounds of tuning karaoke machines) were all fashioned by these incredibly talented and creative DJs. These young artists flourished in this new age of soul-thumping music. Each creator/DJ hustled to be the best. Competition between these DJs aided in the innovation of the sound. Soon after its inception, house music became known as voodoo dance music because of the hordes of people who were so easily caught up in the rapture of the beats.
House music had, and has, a hypnotic effect on listeners/club patrons. However, the hypnotic effect wasn’t just caused by the music. The drug culture in the clubs was amplified by music. The milieu in the clubs fostered a sense of unadulterated freedom and acceptance. The hallucinogenic drug ecstasy, then known as MDA/MDMA, was the main drug being passed around. Drug-taking listeners engaged in sexual relations on the dance floor—everything from groping to intercourse.
House music stimulated a hedonistic culture. It enthralled the masses at the time of its inception and continues to captivate audiences with the same fervor today.