Techno music is a form of electronic dance music that originated in the mid-1980s as an outgrowth of electro, New Wave and Funk and is considered often to be a response to the end of the Cold War in industrial America. Techno music is often used to generally describe all forms of electronic dance music, although electronic music can be broken down into further styles mostly distinguished by the types of instrumental hardware they use and the music’s beats per minute. Techno music features percussive and synthetic sounds and studio effects that typically provide the main melodic theme. Techno music is made in many different ways, but is created most commonly using a sequencer and electronic devices.
Techno is a form of electronic dance music that had its early beginnings in Western Europe in the late 1970s and later developed and established as a genre in Detroit, Michigan during the 1980s. Techno has since been retroactively defined to encompass, among others, works dating back to “Shari Vari” (1981) by A Number Of Names, the earliest compositions by Cybotron (1981), Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder’s “I Feel Love”(1977), “From Here to Eternity” (1977), and the more dance floor-orientated selections from Kraftwerk’s repertoire between 1977 and 1983. Techno became more of a phenomenon in Europe than in the United States; American artists such as Moby and The Crystal Method who started their careers making techno were initially successful in Europe, but did not gain a presence in the US until branching out into other styles such as break beat and electronica. Techno is, finally, a thoroughly mediated music, from its continually recombinant musical genres and its constant (re)generation of new categories, labels, and self- definitions, to its circular processes of both resistance and acceptance.
Music journalists and fans of the genre are generally selective in their use of the term, careful not to conflate it with related but distinct genres, such as house, trance and hardcore. Acid techno, influenced by the heavy use of the Roland TB-303 for bass and lead sounds in the style of acid house, enjoyed a surge of popularity in the mid-1980s and went on to influence acid trance. A strong, bass-heavy trance beat is infused with a driving, dark hip-hop guitar line and a light, high synthesizer melody in this mid-tempo trance piece with an urban feel.
Techno music can make excellent background music for cutting edge businesses and as production music for progressive films or television programs highlighting fast-paced popular culture. Techno music still requires plenty of human intervention to create and perform the machines are simply the equipment that enables it. Techno music is, in fact, a collection of genres which are, depending on how you view them, complimentary, contradictory or none of the above. Techno music is influenced by electro, new wave, funk and futuristic themes that were prominent in modern culture after the end of the cold war in America at this time. Techno music then expanded and was introduced to related genres of music, making it globally recognized by the 1990s.