Difference between House and Techno Music

Key Difference: House is a genre of electronic music that is characterized by 4/4 beat, kick drum, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines. The music seems to be a blend of disco and electronic music. Techno, also a genre of electronic dance music is similar to Dubstep. Techno has its origins in Detroit, Michigan during the mid-to-late 1980s. The tempo is approximately between 120 beats per minute and 150 beats per minute, depending on the style of techno.

House and Techno are two different types of musical genres that are often confusing when people hear it for the first time. Both the genres use heavy synthesizers, which give it a electronic beat. However, both of these are different in terms of instruments used and the characteristics. To many people, the distinction between the genres are crystal clear, while to others the blend and overlapping of many genres together has blurred the lines between genres.

House is a genre of electronic music that is characterized by 4/4 beat, kick drum, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines. The music seems to be a blend of disco and electronic music. House music originates in Chicago, US in the early 1980s and became popular during the late 1980s in Europe. It has influenced a lot of music in Europe and continues to do so. Since the early to mid-1990s, house has become infused in many different genres such as pop and dance.

House music displayed characteristics such as kick drum on every beat, repetitive 4/4 beats, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, synthesized baselines. It is said to be quite similar to disco music, but had a more electronic feel to it with the turntables and synthesizers. House music uses instruments such as Drum machine, personal computer, sampler, sequencer, synthesizer and turntables. Modern house music has branched out in many ways but still includes the kick drum on every beat. House music has branched out to many subgenres such as Euro house, tech house, and electro house.

House music has become a popular form of dance music in clubs and discos with many DJs playing house music blended with other genres including rock, alternate, pop, disco, rap, etc. There is no particular rules regarding lyrics, while some songs have lyrics, others are just plain music.

Techno, also a genre of electronic dance music is similar to Dubstep. Techno has its origins in Detroit, Michigan during the mid-to-late 1980s. The first recorded form of Techno is dated back to 1988. The original techno was derived by mixing electronic music (of artists such as Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder and Yellow Magic Orchestra) with African American music styles. It also added futuristic themes and sounds to make it seem the music is from the future.

The term “techno” was coined for the music by producer Juan Atkins, who cited author Alvin Toffler's term “techno rebels” as inspiration for naming the genre of the music he helped produce. Techno generally has repetitive instrumental music produced for use in a continuous DJ set. The rhythmic component is most often in common time (4/4), where time is marked with a bass drum on each quarter note pulse, a backbeat played by snare or clap on the second and fourth pulses of the bar, and an open hi-hat sounding every second eighth note.

The tempo is approximately between 120 beats per minute and 150 beats per minute, depending on the style of techno. Techno uses instruments such as drum machines, synthesizers, digital audio workstations, keyboards and computers. Popular techno musicians include Underground Resistance, The Future Sound of London, The Advent, Adam X, Dave Clarke, etc.

 

House

Techno

Definition

House is a genre of electronic dance music with repetitive 4x4 beats, rhythms mainly provided by drum machines, off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized basslines.

Techno is a genre of electronic dance music, with heavy focus on synthesizers, keyboards and sequencers.

Origin

Chicago, US

Detroit, Michigan US.

Influence

Boogie, disco, dub, electro, funk, Hi-NRG, soul

Funk, electro, electric jazz.

Year

Early 1980s

Mid-1980s

Instruments

Drum machine, personal computer, sampler, sequencer, synthesizer, turntables.

Synthesizer, keyboards, sampler, drum machine, sequencer, personal computer

Rhythm

The rhythm is mostly characterized by repetitive 4/4 beats, heavy drum influence, synthesizers.

The rhythm is most often in common time (4/4), where time is marked with a bass drum on each quarter note pulse, a backbeat played by snare or clap on the second and fourth pulses of the bar, and an open hi-hat sounding every second eighth note.

Beats

Between 118 to 135 beats per minute (bpm)

Fast beats, usually repetitive beats of 120-150 beats per minute.

Lyrics

Has political or personal messages

Little or no lyrics

Popular musicians

Swedish House Mafia, Nicky Romero, Skillrex, David Guetta, Daft Punk, etc.

The Future Sound of London, The Advent, Adam X, Dave Clarke, etc.

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