Techno is NOT a blanket term for EDM

Posted: February 28, 2011 in Rants, Raves, and Education

EDM is the blanket term for all variants of Electronic Music not the other way around!

…So what’s Techno?

In general, techno is produced with the intention of it’s being heard in the context of a continuous DJ set, where the DJ progresses from one record to the next via a synchronized  mix. Much of the instrumentation in techno emphasizes the role of rhythm over other musical parameters. The main drum part is almost universally in four to the floor style which  is essentially a disco (or even polka) drum pattern.

Some of the drum programming employed in the original Detroit-based techno made use of syncopation and polyrhythm, yet in many cases the basic disco-type pattern was used as a foundation, with polyrhythmic elaborations added using other drum machine voices. This syncopated-feel, or funkiness, distinguishes the Detroit strain of techno from other variants. It is a feature that many DJs and producers still use to differentiate their music from commercial forms of techno, the majority of which tend to be devoid of syncopation.

Pioneers of Techno

The initial blueprint for techno was developed during the mid-1980s in Belleville, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit by Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May (the so-called Belleville Three)



Listen to Juan Atkins

Listen to Kevin Saunderson

i cant remember what or why .

Listen to Derrick May

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