Techno is often misconstrued purely as the degenerate "doof-doof" garbage put out by producers during the mid-90's. In actual fact, most decent techno, and its more lyrical offshoot EBM has many variations during a song and a set theme. Just most of you assholes are too up yourselves to hear any of it.
Also, whoever says Moby is techno because their master Eminem happens to say so needs to get a slap. Moby is in fact, electronica, which is completely different.
1. It is in some form minimalist, whether in composition or in sequencing.
2. It is created for the sole purpose of making people dance.
3. It is constructed in a manner to allow DJs to quickly and expertly mix and layer 2 or more of these compositions simultaneously.
Due to it's building-block nature, true techno is closer to hip-hop than many of the genres (such as trance and breakbeat) which it is erroneously associated with.
Gangsta: Uhh...this is Techno right?
Me: No, it's Trance you dumbfuck!
Gangsta: Whateva...shit sounds all the same to me.
(please note i am not comparing classical music to techno just illustrating a point that both forms of music are created offline and rely on repeating structures that are created by thinking and editing rather than physically playing the music)