Acid house is a subgenre of house music that emerged in the mid-1980s, characterized by its use of a Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer. The TB-303 was originally intended as an accompaniment instrument for guitarists, but was soon adopted by DJs and producers in Chicago and later the UK. The instrument produces a distinctive squelchy sound that gave the genre its name, "acid" referring to the psychedelic sounds produced by the TB-303.
Acid house's origins can be traced back to the clubs and underground parties in Chicago, where DJs such as Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy began experimenting with the TB-303 to create new sounds. The genre quickly spread to the UK, particularly to the cities of London and Manchester, where it played a major role in the development of the rave and club scenes.
The Acid House music is characterized by its repetitive beats, simple chord structures, and use of the TB-303 to create psychedelic, trippy sounds. The lyrics often include simple and repetitive phrases, focusing more on the music than on the lyrics. The Acid House music was often associated with the drug culture, especially the use of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) which was popular in the late 80s, as it's supposed that the sound of Acid House Music was supposed to replicate the effects of the drug.
Acid house played a significant role in the development of other subgenres of electronic dance music such as techno, trance, and breakbeat. The genre has also influenced many other forms of music and continues to be a major influence on electronic music today.
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