Visiones: Música House, el hijo bastardo.

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In the beginning there was Jack … and Jack had a groove
and from this groove came the grooves of all grooves.
And while one day viciously throwing down on his box,
Jack boldly declared “Let There Be House” and House music was born.

Hace unos días… Ruben me contó en una de nuestras noches de farándula controlada, que le gustaría que empezar a escribir y publicar en Geométrika una serie de artículos, enmarcados en la serie “VISIONES”, sobre la historia de la música vista, sobre sellos, sobre artistas… pero siempre enfocados desde el prisma subjetivo del propio autor; a mi me pidió que diese mi visión del “House” (bueno, siendo realmente sincero, me lo pidió hace ya unos cuantos meses).

Y la verdad que a medida que pasaba el tiempo e iba empezando a recopilar información suficiente para escribir los primeros artículos. Lo que en principio iba a ser una tarea divertida y fácil de llevar por mi parte, recopilar una serie de datos sobre la historia de esta bella música, se convirtió en algo muy distinto.

Se fue complicando y torciendo hasta darme cuenta que estaba en medio de un viaje interno con cientos de destinos. Muchos de ellos a los que nunca me había planteado si quiera viajar. Y a medida que iba leyendo , escuchando e investigando sobre lugares , artistas y sellos, me empecé a dar cuenta que cuanto mas iba conociendo sobre este estilo musical, mi forma de abordar estos artículos se acercaba mas a una búsqueda personal de la compresión de esta música.

Girando a algo privado e íntimo. En donde intentaba explicar con palabras todas aquellas sensaciones que durante años me ha proporcionado estos artistas. Se convirtió en una especie de camino o que permita entender que es lo que me gusta de este estilo de música. Y por que en muchas ocasiones lo adopto como forma de vida. Entenderlo y enseñarlo como siempre haría un buen dj.

Y para empezar a hablar de esta historia … “House music es la casa de Jack. Es la casa del ritmo. “

Por que Jack declaró …esta es vuestra casa. Una casa en donde todos cabemos  y que nadie nos juzgará por como somos. Una casa para todos.

Y la música house nació.

Música House, el hijo Bastardo.

Como en las mejores familias, en esto de la música electrónica también hay amores que sobrepasan lo establecido. Amores prohibidos y peligrosos que evolucionan hacía algo no considerado “normal”.
Relaciones sentimentales que infringen toda norma y que nacen en secreto sin que la amplia mayoría los conozca. Historias de familia ocultadas en público y que sirven de chismorreo entre los lugareños. Y de cuyo fruto nacen descendientes mestizos, con rasgos inesperados pero que reflejan pasiones vividas en rincones secretos. Pero esos hijos sin apellido hacen que los genes crezcan en fuerza, que la especie se mejore y evolucione hacia algo mejor. En la mezcla siempre estuvo el secreto.

Os cuento esto por que el House nació bastardo.  Es algo que siempre me ha quedado claro y creo que mi opinión la comparten sus adictos. Dentro de la música electrónica, que siempre me he imaginado como una gran familia. El estilo al que dedicamos esta serie de artículos, nació siendo bastardo .

Entendámonos , no es que sea un estilo huérfano. Esta claro que si tuviéramos que definir quien fue uno de sus progenitores, podemos culpabilizar claramente a toda la mezcla de Disco, Pop y sonidos Europeos que se estaba dando en el mas famoso New York post Disco Sucks.

Incluso tenemos claro su lugar de nacimiento: el guetto mas negro,sumergido y gay del barrio mas marginal del Chicago de los años ochenta. En cualquier texto que hable del tema siempre va a surgir la figura del gran maestro Frankie Knuckles como padre, dios y abuelo. Y hablará casi seguro de su lucha artística con Ron Hardy  y de toda esa generación de artistas como Larry Heard o Marshall Jefferson que crearon de la nada toda una nueva rama en la música electrónica. Y la crearon a partir de amores ocultos, de ritmos que nunca antes se habían escrito y de mezclar en una misma canción todos aquellos sabores que no se habían saboreado juntos.

Sabemos casi con certeza los motivos por que así fuese bautizado. Acortando el nombre del club mas emblemático de donde dicen algunos que cogió el nombre : Warehouse. Y aunque ese nombre empezase a ser visto en las cubetas de las tiendas de Chicago, que intentaban vender el sonido del “House”, también hace homenaje a todos esos artistas que desde sus casas volvieron a utilizar ese viejo lema inglés de “Hazlo tu mismo”. Creando música en sus habitaciones , en sus dormitorios , en sus cocinas y en sus sótanos.

Música house.

Sabemos cual es su patrón rítmico mas característico, su legendario “Four on the floor”. Ese bombo acentuado que se repite 4/4 veces y se completa con un hit hat o charles abierto…Sabemos la importancia de las cajas de ritmos , de los Revox de 4 pistas .

Aunque sabemos todas esas cosas, hay algo que casi siempre se nos escapa. La música house es sinonimo de fusión. Es imposible entenderla sin apreciar que no fueron solo dos ingredientes los que echaron en la coctelera. Que no fue solo disco y música hecha con cajas de ritmos. Sino que hay multitud de estilos y artistas de diferente origen que se mezclaron para dar paso a una nueva forma de entenderlo todo.

Mezcla del post disco, de viejos himnos de grandes divas, de la música Soul que improvisa a ritmo de baile .
Hijo del jazz mas futurista que existió nunca. De máquinas que tienen números por nombres y que muchas veces fueron diseñadas para otros propósitos musicales. Máquinas que manejadas de forma incorrecta (quizás fruto de la borrachera) dieron paso a nuevos estilos invadidos por el ácido.

El house se apropia de sintetizadores tocados por genios italianos (con gafas incluidas) y del funk mas rabioso de parte de cantantes epilécticos. De abuelos alemanes que construyen sus propios sonidos a base de chips y placas  y que sueñan con ser robots.
El house es hijo de ritmos hipnóticos y donde el oyente alcanza el trance. De composiciones simples donde unos pocos sonidos hacen nacer orquestas .
De robos a golpe de sample de viejos himnos del Pop, o incluso versiones de muchas canciones que nunca tuvieron gloria ninguna hasta que fueron utilizadas por esos genios americanos desde sus casas.

De voces afroamericanas susurrantes, de mensaje facil y repetitivo. O de gritos que rozan orgasmos gracias a besos franceses.

Del synth pop que ponían nuestros padres en viejas cintas camino a la playa en el coche.O incluso, aunque muchos no lo crean , de los ritmos mas instintivos de cualquier tribu africana.

Es eso y mucho mas. Por que ademas de hijo bastardo tambien fue padre.

Padre de otros estilos y subestilos ,que heredan su genética haciendola cada vez mas fuerte. Y  a cada sitio que llega , deja una serie de hijos , nietos y biznietos cada cual mas bastardo.

Deep, Balearic, Chicago, Detroit, Disco, Handbag, Clash, Electro, Dutch, Fidget, Moombahton, Euro, Freestyle, Guetto, French, Funky, Garage, Latin, Kwaito, Progressive, Tech, Witch, Hard, Tribal, Vocal, Mainstream, Ambient …

Muchas son las etiquetas que productores y vendedores usar para clasificarlo intentando describirlo con apenas dos palabras. Pero el house es eso y mucho más. Es mezcla de raza, de colores y de clases sociales.

Es la búsqueda del bien común. De celebrar que la tribu ha sobrevivido a otra batalla. Mezcla de sudores y sabores.

Él es el punto de unión de muchas personas que se aman y danzan buscando a Jack. Buscando que esa noche todos los problemas desaparezcan por unos momentos, que la hoguera no se apague y que todos juntos gracias al chaman y sus ritmos mágicos… consigan alcanzar el Karma.

Y para seguir con nuestro viaje, en el siguiente capitulo nada mejor que descubrir el primero de esos lugares … un viejo Loft en la ciudad de New York.

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Artículo escrito por Yago de Martín.

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