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History of Rock, 1970-Present
John Covach, University of Rochester
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1990s Dance Music
Notes taken on August 22, 2018 by Edward Tanguay
disco at end of 1970s
the disco sucks movement
rock and rollers hated disco
it threatened many of the aspects of the hippy aesthetic
radio stations were changing formats
the fad for disco gets absorbed in many ways
the idea of dancing music in a club
master-minded by a DJ doesn't go away
it's off the mainstream, not a style
continues to be a musical practice
continued as a club seen, went into the underground
1990s electronic dance music
sometimes called techno
techno didn't quite replace rock and roll as some said
the job of making electronic music work has to do with the DJ
keep people on the dance floor dancing
a DJ is restricted since they have to depend on what is already recorded
have a danceable part of a turn on two turn tables
in the 1990s they could do it digitally
it takes some artistry to make it happen
Larry Levan
New York
Paradise Garage
garage style
Frankie Knuckles
house style
get a drum machine, add extra beats
took the best bits of the records and extended them
Belleville three
Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson
European synthesizer music like Kraftwerk
futuristic synth style
the beginning of techno
all night rave culture
New York
San Francisco
Los Angeles
the second summer of love
gets transplanted to the UK
1990s the first important records emerge
United States
The Chemical Brothers
1997 Did Your Own Head
The Prodigy
1997 Fat of the Land
Out of Space
1999 Play
a resurgence of dance music, but in a way that is less simplistic or pop-minded than say, The Twist or Saturday Night Fever
sophisticated instead of simply using a mechanical beat so everyone can dance
wrap up of the History of Rock course
as time passes, our perception of the past changes
we try to be objective
try not to change the history to reflect values that we hold now
reception theory
tracks the ways things change as values change throughout history
what may seem important at the time turns out to be less important
and visa versa
history does it's best work when it can look back at events with an objective way
you don't want to read rock history pulling for your favorite band
so the 1990s are difficult since the dust hasn't settled yet
getting into the period after 2000 is not really history yet