Dissection of House, the experiment at Washington Park Fridays

BY lyanne


Newark is a House city.  In most recent years House music has re-emerged as a home-grown music genre.  Successes such as the Lincoln Park Music Festival, most popular day (house), and with the success of Weequahic Park annual house party, house is making a resurgence and is becoming a common in local music vocabulary.  For those unfamiliar, “house music”  originated in Chicago, and fanned out to other major cities across North and South America, as well as Europe and later Australia. Early house music commercial success in Europe saw songs such as “Pump Up The Volume” by MARRS (1987), “House Nation” by House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy of House (1987), house music has been infused in mainstream pop and dance music worldwide.

Artists and groups such as Madonna, Janet Jackson,Björk, Aretha Franklin, Steps, Daft Punk, and C+C Music Factory incorporated house into their work. After enjoying significant success in the early to mid-90s, house music grew even larger during the second wave of progressive house (1999–2001). The genre has remained popular and fused into other popular subgenres, as the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll has been dominated by house DJs since the beginning of the polls. Today, house music remains popular in both clubs and in the mainstream pop scene while retaining a strong foothold on underground scenes across the globe.

While house displayed several characteristics similar to disco music, it was more electronic and minimalistic, and the repetitive rhythm of house was more important than the song itself. House music today, while keeping several of these core elements, notably the prominent kick drum on every beat, varies a lot in style and influence, ranging from the soulful and atmospheric deep house to the more minimalistic microhouse. House music has also fused with several other genres creating fusion of musical expression.  With the various sub categories of house, a group of “House Heads” began to explore the various styles of house.  The experiment was to bring two dj’s and have them play a sub category of house music, and in between the dj are live performances that feature live artist performing that sub category.  This exploration house music they call “Dissection”, the breakdown of styles.  Each week aficionados, connoisseurs, and other djs come out to listen to the throbbing base and fast-pace percussion.

 The series is an after work Friday event, apart of the “After Dark in the Park” programming in Washington Park, in the cultural art district of downtown Newark. It began at the beginning of August. The grass root true “House-Heads: assemble to listen to many of Newark House DJ legend.   In our research there are over twenty different house styles. Dissection program explores a different styles each week with as different style. DJ Hutch  a while known dj, known for producing the annual Coney Island house parties, is the DJ administrator and sound engineer, he saids, ” Its challenging for the dj’s to play in an different styles, and can be an learning experience for the audience” .  Some of the styles that are being played at Washington Park are Funky house, Garage House, Hip Hop House, Tech House, tribal or World house, and Latin House.

Funky house as it sounds today first started to develop during the late 1990s. It can again be sub-divided into many other types of house music. French house, Italian house, disco house, Latin house and many other types of house have all contributed greatly to what is today known as funky house. It is recognizable by its often very catchy baseline, swooshes, swirls and other synthesized sounds which give the music a bouncy tempo. It often relies heavily on black female vocals or disco samples and has a recognizable tiered structure in which every track has more than one build-up which usually reaches a climax before the process is repeated with the next track.

Garage house, one of the first house genres with origins set in New York and New Jersey. Garage house developed alongside Chicago house and the result was house music sharing its similarities, influencing each other. Garage house is generally piano oriented, a sound deriving from soul and disco, with a heavy emphasis on vocals, preferably female. One contrast from Chicago house was that the vocals in garage house drew stronger influences from gospel. Notable examples include Tony Humphries and Adeva. Kristine W is an example of a musician involved with garage house outside the genre’s origin of birth.

Hip Hop house, the simple fusion of rap with house beats. Popular in the late 1980s to mid-1990s. Most famous record is Jungle Brothers’ “Girl I’ll House You”.

Latin house, borrows heavily from Latin dance music such as salsa, Brazilian beats, Latin jazz etc. It is most popular on the East Coast of the United States, especially in Miami and the New York City metropolitan area.

Techno house, with elements of techno in its arrangement and instrumentation.

Tribal or World house, popularized by remixer/DJ Steve Lawler in UK, and Junior Vasquez in New York, it is characterized by lots of percussion and world music rhythms.

Brick City House, is house music influenced by the Garage house sound but creating it own sounds, incorporating classic disco, and up tempo gospel tracks New Jersey clubs, such as Zanzibar, Magoos, Boogies, Cheetah Clubs, and Dots.

The line up is as follows:

AUG. 29 – Zanzibar Reunion  – DJ Punch / Baby Powder  Zanzibar Fridays – Every Friday

SEPT. 5 – Reinvention Party  – DJ Hot Rod – Underground house

SEPT. 12 – Hip Hop – Pookie – Animal Crackaz – Hope – Duce Martinez

SEPT. 19 – Deep House – Amwanah Napash – Rafal Sane – DJ Hot Rod

SEPT. 26 – WAREHOUSE – Koffee, DJ Rhythm Express – DJ Kareem In the Building” Special Guest


This event is free and open to the public music starts at 4:30 and goes until 8 pm.  If you love house music or curious about the different styles, this is an event should also bring a lawn chairs, seats are limited.Dissection of House front flyer final

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