Technomaschine is a blog dedicated to classic techno music, usually ranging between the mid-80s and late 90s.
What is techno?
The name for techno music was created and spread by the legendary techno producer and dj, the ‘Godfather of Techno’ Juan Atkins. He cites the book The Third Wave by Alvin Toffler for the use of the phrase ‘techno rebels’ for the term. Juan Atkins is part of ‘The Belleville Three’, the three individuals credited with the creation of techno music.
The Belleville Three
Techno music created in the automotive-industry-heavy city of Detroit, Michigan. Techno resulted from the melding of African American music including Chicago house, electro, funk, and electric jazz with electronic music by artists such as Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk, among other artists of the time.
Juan Atkins explains how the availability of technology increasing lead to the emergence of techno in a quote he gave in 1988, “Within the last 5 years or so, the Detroit underground has been experimenting with technology, stretching it rather than simply using it. As the price of sequencers and synthesizers has dropped, so the experimentation has become more intense. Basically, we’re tired of hearing about being in love or falling out, tired of the R&B system, so a new progressive sound has emerged. We call it techno!”
A very accurate breakdown of the mechanics behind techno music and what sets it apart from other electronic music genres can be found on Wikipedia, and reads as follows:
“Stylistically, techno is generally repetitive instrumental music, oftentimes produced for use in a continuous DJ set. The central rhythmic component is most often in common time (4/4), where time is marked with a bass drum on each quarter note pulse, a backbeat played by snare or clap on the second and fourth pulses of the bar, and an open hi-hat sounding every second eighth note. The tempo tends to vary between approximately 120 to 150 beats per minute (bpm), depending on the style of techno. The creative use of music production technology, such as drum machines, synthesizers, and digital audio workstations, is viewed as an important aspect of the music’s aesthetic. Many producers use retro electronic musical devices to create what they consider to be an authentic techno sound. Drum machines from the 1980s such as Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909 are highly prized, and software emulations of such retro technology are popular among techno producers.”