About Techno

Underground Techno The Electronic Dance Music genre Techno came into being in the 80’s and early 90’s. The genre was originated in the industrial environment of the city Detroit. For a few decades, the automotive industry made Detroit to be the industrial capital of the United States. For Detroit-based artists like Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Blake Baxter, Drexciya, Mike Banks, and Octave One, this environment was a source of inspiration. In addition, the creation of drum machines and synthesizers in the 1960’s gave those artists a completely different way to create new sounds, which actually mimicked and represented their surroundings. Synthesizers are electronic musical instruments that generate audio signals by using methods like subtractive- & additive synthesis, and frequency modulation synthesis. One can modulate the audio signals with filters, LFO’s, and envelopes and is typically controlled by keyboards and sequencers. Since the development of electronic instruments a completely new world of music production opened its doors and a bunch of new genres emerged as a consequence. The combination of the rural, industrial environment and those electronic musical instruments gave birth to the sound of Techno. Considering that people have a hard time adjusting to changes, the genre Techno was initially only popular in the underground club scene of Detroit where the clubs were just equipped with speakers, turntables and maybe a single stroboscope. Though, the attention and recognition of the music genre increased massively when Germany quickly picked up on it. Do you remember that the wall in Berlin fell in 1989? From that moment on, the people of Berlin were finally free. The suppressed East-Side of Berlin, which was reigned by the Soviet-Union, felt the strong urge to celebrate life. Nowadays, one can still see that the Club scene in Berlin is mostly located in the east with clubs such as Tresor, Sisyphos, Kater Blau, Berghain, Wilde Renate, Suicide Circus, and Golden Gate. The Detroit-based artists were invited to play the clubs in Germany, and in particular Berlin, which meant a way bigger audience for the originators of Techno. But how did these clubs all of a sudden emerge like weeds grow in the soil? After the fall of the Berliner Wall, a great amount of abandoned buildings were there for the taking. People occupied these buildings and started illegal raves in order to celebrate their newly gained freedom. Where demand is, there will be supply! Besides, the famous Bar 25 even took a political stance against the government in order to keep the freedom of organising raves and get-togethers. Because of organisations like Bar 25, the club culture in Berlin stays in tact in the present.