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Welcome to space disco (and before you get excited, it's not disco that's played in space, with floating guys in shiny suits :)), a sub-genre of disco music. In this genre, the focus of the music is in fact about space, but not only space (as in outer space), but future, robots, etc... It will feature these things with sounds and visuals that give it the "space-y" feel.
The visual aspect of this music is just as important as the music itself. The artist or programmers, or whoever sets the stage up will have many great effects to accompany the music. The effects can include laser light illumination, like a laser show, going to the music, and screens (typically from computers) playing in sequence to the music. The way they dress is also a part of the music, dressing in shiny, sparkling, futuristic outfits.
The instruments used to make this music include the synthesizer, keyboard, drums and vocals (the vocals were mainly removed after 1980). Strings will also be used and is a very important part to the overall sound. It will usually keep an average tempo of about 120 beats per minute to about 140 beats per minute.
Space disco emerged during the later parts of the 1970s, coming directly from Europe, with some influences coming from the United States as well. It enjoyed a huge fan-base and overall popularity during the years of 1977 to 1979. During this time, several hits were released into the public, including one we all know called Meco (the theme from Star Wars). It was a number one hit in the United States.
In 1978, a German group called "Boney M." released an album called "Nightflight to Venus" which has many of the same characteristics as space disco, especially on their title track, where it features a robotic voice and themes which focus on the future. A music show called "Musikladen" (which means something like "music shop") helped to further spread this genre of music around Germany.
During the last year of the 1970s, at around the same time this genre was about to go under, an artist called Dee D. Jackson helped to bring this music to Brazil and Argentina. Her album titled "Cosmic Curves" did well there, followed by another piece called "Automatic Lover."
This genre has seen many derivative forms over the year, and I will go ahead and list them here.
Italo disco: I have a page written about Italo disco already, so I'm not going to go into too much detail about it, other than it has a similar "space" feel to it and was called "Synthesizer Dance" after 1986.
Cosmo rock: I suppose this is similar (if not the same) to cosmic disco, which I also have a page about. It saw a small revival in the early parts of the 2000s, because some songs were remixed by a progressive house group from Russia.
French house: Like with the previous derivations so far, a page is written about French house music already. It came out around the 1990s and was the final euro-disco music style, even though it's really considered a sub-genre of house music.
Canadian disco: Because a lot of people in Canada speak French, space disco also had a place there. Canadian producers created their own variant on this music, blending in some Hi-NRG into it. It became known to Europeans as "Canadian Disco."
P-Funk: P-Funk was related to the space variant of disco for a short time. During the first years of the 1980s, European clubs promoted P-funk as American disco (if you didn't know, in 1979, the U.S. has a "Disco Demolition Night"). So actually, it was really more of a continuation of American disco, rather than anything else.
Average Beats Per Minute: 120-140
Where It Originated: Europe
Stylistically Similar To: Cosmic Disco, Italo Disco, French House Music
Year Developed: Late 1970s
General Disco - Back to the overview of disco.
Cosmic Disco - Trip out on this slower, more relaxed, space-out form of music.
Eurodisco - Developed in Europe with a disco oriented feel, made for dancing.
Italo Disco - Disco inspired music similar to Eurobeat, popular even today.
Space Disco - Cosmic disco was born from this, so better the check out the roots too!
Nu-Disco - Bringing back the classic sound of disco music! Come get some!
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