One of the main highlighted sub-genres of Electronic music. Gained the name "Acid" for using the various soundscapes created by the 303 synthesizer along with the 4 on 4 beat. This is what started the term "rave" and went on from '88 to '92. Gained its name by Genesis P-Orridge of the famous Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle industrial groups.
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by Jefro The Nig Controller July 2, 2004
The dance music scene that pre-empted 'rave' in Britain, and began the long association of 'house' music and 'ecstasy'.
by VAKI5 August 17, 2003
A hybrid of house music that originated in Detroit. It started to became popular in Europe in 1987-1988. It often used the Roland TB-303 synthesizer and had a 4/4 house beat. Many other styles such as Trance, Hardcore, and Gabber have evolved from Acid House.

It is said that the group Psychic TV first used the term "Acid House."
Many ravers don't realize that Trance music is an evolved version of Acid House.
by Jack Batemaster January 8, 2004
a book by irvine welsh composed of short stories that was later made into a move consisting of 3 of his stories.
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by anna l June 4, 2007
Term referring to the parties and the gatherings of the late 80's which later evolved into raves. Acid house, a popular genre of house at the time, gave the parties their namesake. The music was much more moody and sinister than the now soft and pleasant music of the club and dying rave scene, and had a much more hard and machine-like edge. Acid house parties themselves took place in cramped buildings or warehouses, with low lighting and a trance-like feel.
"acid house parties are over, man" said the young twenty-something. "Raves are now in full swing."
by psytrancer July 1, 2004