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Progressive house is a subgenre of house music that fuses many styles of music together, like dream trance, acid house and other forms of trance music, like Goa trance. In short, it's more a combination of American house, United Kingdom house, Italo house and trance, all influencing one another to make a unique and different sound.
Some common elements (although not too common, as it would start to stray from "progressive" into another genre) is a driving bassline, the common 4/4 time signature and its unusually long track lengths, sometimes reaching up to 10 minutes in length. It has a pretty average tempo of about 120-130 beats per minute.
A heavy amount of reverb can be found, along with many other sound effects, including the "clap," sometimes used more than what would be expected (extra claps), vocals with effects placed on them to act more as sounds, rather than voices and the use of filtered noise to deliver higher frequencies in some of the sounds.
The term "progressive" was used to describe certain styles of music, much earlier than this house version of progressive. In a nutshell, it means an experimental type of creation. It was first used in the 1970s to separate rock music and experimental types of rock music. This experimental version was called "progressive rock."
And so is the same for this experimental version of house music. This music must be experimental, because if it's not, and the same as other house tracks, there will be no "progression" in the genre, so to speak.
It came from the United Kingdom in the early 1990s. It can also be traced to other parts of Europe and North America as well. While the term for this music was used during the 1970s, it wasn't used until the early 1990s to describe a progressive form of house. From about the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, this style has spread worldwide, gaining some well-deserved mainstream popularity. It has had several revivals after the mid-2000s, and continues to drive on.
Average Beats Per Minute: 120-130
Where It Originated: The United Kingdom
Stylistically Similar To: Dream Trance, Acid House, Goa Trance
Year Developed: Early 1990s
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Acid House - One of the most influential genres for house music.
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French House Music - House music that is produced by French artists, naturally.
Ghetto House - Minimalistic in nature, using simple drum patterns and dirty lyrics.
Hip House - A fusion genre of hip-hop and house music. Get with the beat!
Italo House - House music from Italy, incorporating some nice piano action!
Microhouse - A stripped down version of house music, with a taste of glitch.
New Beat - A term used to describe all of the new sounds of house music.
Progressive House - Progressing house music to the next level. Go, Experimentalists!
Tech House - Which do you like, techno or house? Now you can like both at once!
Tribal House - In the mood for some tribal music? Get your hands ready and come on!
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