1. Techno as a variety of dance music described as more hardcore and faster paced than most varieties. It can be a break-beat or rapid four four beats, if not a mix of the two. Techno arose from late 80's industrial music mixed with disco, as well as scene music. Techno is commonly played on two Technics 1200 turntables simultaneously leaving behind the house genre for a more big beat sound utilizing sampled and synthesized sounds sequenced with & using every available resource to artists for a high energy product. Some containing many radiation sirens and a standard beat measures of usually 135-170 beats per minute, including a hook,2 breakdowns, and 4 choruses with two or more empty or dry breaks of rhythmless, yet expressive, even vocal modalities surrounded by easily mixable beat patches. no two techno records (aside from those having the same song by the same label) are recorded at the exact same rate or bpm, requiring skill from a dj for smooth or seamless mixing. Some tracks even are recorded with bonus parallel tracks looped inside the grooves cut into the vinyl where the textures are rough.
2. An over view term describing a whole host of electronic dance music encompassing all others(incorrectly & commonly referred to as electronica), and ironically techno itself as one of those varieties including: all forms of House(hard,tech,gay,freedom,etc), all forms of Trance, Jungle, Drum-n-Bass,Techno, Chill, Trip-Hop, Down tempo, Tech, Break-beat, Industrial, etc... This music encompasses all beat varieties from four on the floor to off-sets.
THERE ARE MANY DESCRIPTIONS OF MANY VARIETIES OF PEOPLE'S OPINIONS OF WHAT TECHNO IS. TRUST A KNOWN DJ, PROMOTER, AND OLD SCHOOL RAVER. ACTUAL TECHNO IS QUITE RARE AND ADDICTIVE TO THE EAR OF ANY AUDIOPHILE.
Techno music was the staple at old school UNDERGROUND pay parties after ecstasy was made illegal.
We all felt like one "family" when the vibe was kickin' at that R.A.V.E. where they played techno music all night.
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)