Curtis Electromusic Specialities (CEM) is a company based by Doug Curtis in 1979 specifically to design and manufacture integrated circuits for music synthesizers. Patrick Cowley’s hello-vitality Sylvester productions of the early 80s present the roots of black music’s fascination with continental electronics. The direct descendents of that sound are the deep home records made in Chicago -a crossbred of gospel influenced vocals and hard synthesiser trax. Detroit goes on step further.
The House Music Undertaking explores technological shifts that pushed black music into the electronic age. Chronologically, home music is the idiom that follows disco. Disco, the black music of financial uplift, racial assimilation, and “good instances,” gave way to two major strands of digital music – home and hip hop. Hip hop voiced the trials of living young and oppressed via breakdancing, graffiti, emceeing and djing. Home music centered on the aesthetics of sonic pleasure by way of the … Read More