Origin of Disco, House, Techno Music

Disco/House: Disco/House music originated during the 1970s in New York City.

Techno: Techno originated in Detroit, MI during the early 1980s.

Characteristics of Disco, House, Techno Music

Disco/House: Guitar driven beats, electronic synthesizers, string sections, horns, and/or electronic drums

Techno: Synthesizers, keyboards, drum machines, samplers

Social Implications

Disco, House, and Techno music can often be associated with gay and minority communities. The emergence of this type of music also built the popularity of DJ’s. Live bands were unable to keep up with the production of disco music, only DJ’s could do so. This music gave people the opportunity and space to be their true authentic selves, without regard for anyone else’s opinion.

Important Performers