Disco

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Disco is a genre of dance music that originated out of the African American community, as well as the Gay and Hispanic American communities in the 1970s, disco very much deserves a place on Altopedia, it was the very definition of rebellion in its early days.

In the formative years of disco, there were clubs in February 1970 in New York City, when DJ David Mancuso opened "The Loft", this was a members-only private club set in his own home. Most would agree that the first disco songs were released in 1973, although some would claim that Soul Makossa by Manu Dibango’s from 1972 to be the first disco record.

The first press article about disco was written in September 1973 by Vince Aletti for the Rolling Stone Magazine, then In 1974 New York City’s WPIX-FM hosted the first disco radio show.

Disco has 2 distinctive musical influences those would be Funk and Soul.

The influence of disco soared to great heights ever since and has created many distinctive features;-
1) sometimes reverberated vocals
2) a steady “four-on-the-floor” beat,
3) an eighth note (quaver) or sixteenth note (semi-quaver) hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat,
4) a prominent, syncopated electric bass line.
5) Either or all of;- Strings, horns, electric pianos, and electric guitars, these create a rich and very full sound.
6) Sometimes orchestral instruments such as the flute are used for solo melodies
7) lead guitar is rarely used.

Some of the most renown disco performers grew out of the late 1970s, these would include;- the Bee Gees,
Donna Summer credited as producing the first ever Techno track (I Feel Love)

Another thing that helped to identify the Disco sound were films such as Saturday Night Fever and Thank God It’s Friday, although these films helped with the rise of Disco, they ironically cited the beginning of its commercial decline.