Pop Vs House Tech
House tech is a subcategory of house music which blends stylistic facets of techno with house music. The word house tech was developed as an abbreviation for a generic category of electronic music label, often used to describe producers who worked in the music industry. However, house technology has evolved over the years into a myriad of sub-genres, each with its own distinct sound and style.
Technically, the term refers to the use of effects like reverb and chorus, as well as the layering and panning of tracks. It can also refer to the instruments themselves, which can include a keyboard, a guitar, and sometimes a drum machine or other electronically synthesized instrument. The tracks themselves can be instrumental or focused on vocals, although vocals are not absent from electronic music, but usually played back through a computer. Vocal tracks are commonly called “choruses”, but sometimes lead guitar tracks, as well as other instruments, can qualify.
House technology has been around since the dawn of electronic music – see the birth of hip hop and house music through the early years of computers and the music industry itself. Today’s house music tends to lean toward a more non-intrusive, minimalist approach to production and recording. Often, it eschews complex beats and effects for smoother, more jagged tones and darker, textured layers. Some artists still utilize house elements, but they generally employ them to provide a background for their own distinctive talents and styles. Other artists, perhaps those with more abrasive styles and less refined production techniques, choose to leave the house tech aspects of their songs or albums entirely behind.
House music tends to utilize a lot of reverb and delay
With the most common types used on progressive tracks (along with delays on the kick drum and bass lines). It is common to hear the sounds of cars driving by, machinery in factories, and even people speaking in conversation. Some producers work more closely with the studio monitor and mix, and use special effects and distortion, rather than reverb and delay, on their tracks. Many house DJ’s like to take the sounds of their sets and run them backwards, using the reverb and delay to sculpt subtle nuances in their sound.
In contrast to the minimalistic approach taken by many techno house tracks today, the more “flaunt” techniques are frequently used. Much of the music of the era was made during night time hours when disco music was king and techno artists were making cutting edge and experimental music that was unheard of in the mainstream. The same principles still hold true today – especially among the hardcore fans of DJing. A typical techno track will have some elements of house mixed in with techno pop and dance elements, often with an overall structure that is more “danceable” than “tech.”
In recent years, more techno house artists have come into prominence
The genre has become more competitive with many artists taking shots at the “hottest” music of the moment, with unapologetic fan bases. There are several differences between the two genres that can help you determine if techno house or pop is right for you. One major distinction is that techno house tracks often begin with a scratching noise that creates an intense, futuristic noise against which the lead is played. On pop songs, this noise is often part of the background sound, or at the most, is prominent during a fade out.
The other main difference between the two is the instrumentation. Whereas most techno house songs feature simple chords and pads, pop songs often have complex guitar riffs and fingerpicked backing tracks. Also, there is a difference when it comes to vocals. On a techno tune, the vocals are usually left unadorned, except in rare cases. In pop songs, the vocals are prominently present and are expected to be funky, along with the melody and beat.
The lines are still blurred between pop and house tech. Both are highly stylized versions of dance, with an inclination towards intricate drum programming and high-tech production techniques. The major difference lies in the level of innovation. Pop songs are built on familiar melody and structure, while techno house tracks often use complex programming and looping techniques. The line between the two continues to blur as artists continue to explore new technology and new possibilities.