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Style Guide: House pt. 1 – A History of House Music & the Roland TR-909

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House music is a fundamental part of electronic music. It’s by far the most widespread form of dance music, with its repetitive, four-four nature defining the sound of nightclubs since its inception. But how did it start? Who were the innovators and why did certain equipment end up carving the staples of house?

In a new series, Point Blank visited the Brighton studio of F9 Audio founder and Freemasons member James Wiltshire to investigate the origins of dance music, explaining both who and what went into creating those early records, and how the scene and studios grew with the sound. Watch part one above and make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel so you don’t miss part two.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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