Background• The first discotheques originated in France during world war one• It is a place where recorded music is played rather than a live band or orchestra• The idea of a DJ or Disc-jockey emerged• Discotheque was introduced in America in the 1960
Background• It was cheaper for a club owner to hire a DJ than it was to book a live band• In the 1960s the Djs threw together different types of dance music, such as rock, Jazz, soul and blues.• In the 70s music started to appear that was specifically written for the discotheques in New York. This became Disco.
One of the firs disco records!• Soul Makossa by Manu Dibangohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWK_Josc0Og
Tom Moulton• An important figure in the development of Disco• He is a record producer• To keep people on the dance floor he extended the length of songs.• This technique is called Remixing A Remix is a new version of the original song.
Tom Moulton• In Tom Moultons case, he extended songs by looping sections of them.• He was also partly responsible for the 12-inch single Looping is when you take a section of a song and keep repeating it.
Musical Features• 4/4 Time with a steady crotchet beat this is often emphasised by the bass drum.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI9g0U1mxzY• Accented second and fourth beat in each bar, usually on the snare drum.• Constant quaver or semiquaver rhythm played on the hi-hat.• Same semiquaver rhythm in the guitar, its sound distorted by the use of the wah-wah pedal
Musical Features• An electric piano to fill out the harmony• A steady tempo 120 beats per minute.• A catchy melody, Reverb is often added.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHU_USkX0vo• Backing vocals especially in the chorus• Regular 4 bar phrases• Use of synthesised sounds