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Dance music is the sound of cities. Since its earliest days, new genres have emerged from basements, record stores, clubs, streets: anywhere that people have gathered in search of something new. Sounds spread from the underground to the mainstream, from one city to another, out into the wider world – and suddenly, people are dancing to the same tune everywhere.
But even after musical genres have conquered the world, for many they remain symbols of the city where they were born: the spirit of the place, its sense of freedom and fun, progressiveness and multiculturalism.
The link between sounds and cities is one of the many ideas explored in Google’s new ‘Music, Makers and Machines’ platform – a sort of online museum of electronic music. From Chicago footwork and Bucharest minimalism to Tel Aviv’s radical sampling culture, here are excerpts from those pieces on five cities that have changed the course of dance music – and helped their native sounds go global.
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