In our A Brief History Of… series for Red Bull, we explore the stories that matter, from the history of music formats and birth of house, to the evolution of the synth and the arrival of Grime….
Don't get caught out when discussing momentous moments in music with friends and fellow music obsessives. Brush up on your musical history in no time with our short and sweet animated explainers focussing on the scenes, sounds, and game-changing instruments that have propelled music to where it is right now.
From the history of music formats and the birth of house music to the evolution of the synthesiser and the arrival of techno in Berlin, we've got you covered.
A Brief History Of… Grime
Grime is everywhere. It's the sound of UK youth, and the sound of modern Britain. Yet, as a genre, it's approaching musical middle age. The debate still rages on about what the first grime track is – Pay As U Go Cartel's Know We? So Solid Crew's Dilemma? Wiley's Eskimo? The end-of-level boss theme from 1994 video game Wolverine: Adamantium Rage? Whatever it is, grime has been bothering the charts since the mid '00s. After a brief flirtation with a glossier pop sound in the late '00s, grime rebuilt itself in the underground and came back stronger than ever in the middle of the current decade, thanks to artists such as Skepta, Stormzy and Novelist. Watch the clip below for a brief history.
A Brief History Of… House
House music is still one the central pillars of electronic music and clubbing as we now it, but we owe it all to Chicago, the post-disco experiments of DJs and producers such as Frankie Knuckles and Larry Heard who first created the sound, and, of course, the club that the genre took its name from: The Warehouse.
A Brief History Of… Synthesisers
When Robert Moog created the first playable analog synth in 1964, inspired by theremins and the experiments of post-war musicians using whole studios as giant synths, he changed music forever. Since then, synthesisers, by Moog and other manufacturers, have become every bit as important as the guitar, helping create new genres, such as acid house, along the way.
A Brief History Of… Techno
Setting themselves apart from the Chicago house scene, in the early to mid 1980s Detroit electro producers began making cold, futuristic dance music inspired by their home city's gritty, post-industrial landscape and the mutant electro-pop emerging from Europe. These machine rhythms have since become one of the defining sounds of club culture.
A Brief History Of… Soundsystems
Soundsystem culture originally came from Kingston, Jamaica, where, in the 1950s and '60s, rival crews would build enormous soundsystems and do musical battle in "soundclashes". This soundsystem concept has since travelled beyond Jamaican shores to the US, UK and beyond, and is now a key part of carnivals and festivals all over the world. This is how you set one up: