Point Blank has published two videos in the Style Guide: House series, in which James Wiltshire of F9 Audio and Freemasons talks about the history of house music, and explains why the 909 was such an important piece of kit.

House music is a fundamental part of electronic music. It’s by far the most widespread form of dance music, with its repetitive, four-four nature defining the sound of nightclubs since its inception. But how did it start? Who were the innovators and why did certain equipment end up carving the staples of house?

In a new series, we visited the Brighton studio of F9 Audio founder and Freemasons member James Wiltshire to investigate the origins of dance music, explaining both who and what went into creating those early records, and how the scene and studios grew with the sound.

In part 2, James explores some techniques for creating classic house sounds directly in Ableton Live.

In the second episode of this series, James goes on to explore how some of the classic house sounds created on hardware such as the TR-909 can be replicated with production techniques in Ableton Live.

More information: Point Blank Electronic Music School