SIMPLY PUT, TECHNO IS ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC MIXED WITH BEATS MATCHED FOR THE PURPOSE OF MULTI-MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT & DANCING. FIRST PLAYED NOT AS HOUSE OR DISCO AT THE STARCK CLUB IN DALLAS TEXAS IN 1985,(not Detroit although Detroit had a big hand in its development)AFTER ITS FIRST ECSTASY RAID, MAKING R.A.V.E. AN OFFICIAL SUB-CULTURE BY NECESSITY. RANDOM-ESOTERIC(or extreme)-VARIETY-of-EQUALS ,i.e. r.a.v.e. many people who were not around in the beginning really stress about the confusion of techno being a sub-genre, or an entire group of musics.
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.

Some ravers only like techno music. They just wont tolerate house, or trance.

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.
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Pionered in Detroit (How ironic, didn't Eminem, who hails from Detroit, tell us that suopposedly nobody listens to techno?) by 3 young black males (The Belleville Three or Holy Trinity - Derrick May, Jaun Atkins & Kevin Saunderson. How ironic again, aren't the 'gangsters' aka hip hop/rap listeners that say only nerds listen to techno?) Techno in it's purist form is a mindblowing musical genre for it's use of various synthesizers, computer programs and other equipment give the musical masterpeice so much character (Computer programs...sounds familiar..oh that's right, all that 'gangsta' musis is a midi -Nowhere near as good as the sheer intellegence of techno though- ...made on computer yet 95% of 'gangstas' have the nerve to call techno 'shit'.)
Speedy J is the barra.
by . September 07, 2003
A word describing a genre of electronic music that sprung up in detroit and europe around the same time (early 80's). Was (and Is) characterized by a 4/4 drum kick beat (varies), mechanicalistic effects and drum patterns from drum machines and synths, occaisional bassline, melody of various kinds, and a repititive feel (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH TRANCE). Unfortunately, the word techno was hijacked by mainstream media in the late 80's to cover for everything electronic. This pisses off a load of people each day when they hear others say techno for everything from house to jungle. Please, those of you who do use the word techno for everything electronic--don't. Figure it out.
Techno is made up of such subgenres like acid, detroit (dead), minimal, deep, german, and swedish.
by psytrancer June 30, 2004
A word used by the ignorant majority to describe any piece of electronic music.
I listened to Super Eurobeat vol. 158. Wow, that's some pretty good techno!
by gs68 June 26, 2005
A music genre that is hated by many because it usually has no lyrics, but if you use it as the background music for today's latest rap, pop, or country song, people will be dancing and whistling to the tune for months on end, and not realize that they are enjoying the EXACT SAME type of music they insist on claiming they hate.
Most people who hate techno are fucking hypocrites, since much of the music in the Top 40 chart uses techno music in the background.
by hmmm June 28, 2004
An ETERNALLY mislabeled genre of music which has nothing to do with Moby, Tiesto, Chemical Brothers, or Fatboy Slim. Techno is indeed a broad sub-genre of electronic dance music (or EDM, what many people use "techno" inproperly as a blanket term for) which fulfills these following constituents:

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.
"Many argue that the works of Jeff Mills are techno in it's purest form, but others disagree."
by Kevin Farabaugh August 23, 2003
The word commonly used by idiot 'gangstas' and 'teeny boppers'to describe all Electronic music.
Me: *plays Trance music*
Gangsta: Uhh...this is Techno right?
Me: No, it's Trance you dumbfuck!
Gangsta: Whateva...shit sounds all the same to me.
Me: Typical...
by Bobby De Niro May 10, 2005
There is one point that needs to be clarified and that is the stupid statments by some more ignorant people claiming techno is written by computers. This is as foolish as claiming a book is written by a pen or a song by the guitar itself. The computer (or drum machines/synths/samplers) is a tool used to compose techno music. and the creation of good techno requires a different skill set to conventional music and often classicly trained musicians who attempt to create techno fail. It is about the intricate layering of sounds, melodys , and rythmical elements . the creator is essential composing and conducting a peice of music that a virtual ochestra will play.the proccess is in a way similar to the way classical music is created where the credit lies prodomently with the composer not the people who actually play the music. would you say mosart knows nothing about music because he is merley putting pen to paper?

(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)

That techno record has 53 tracks going at the same time - it took me 3 weeks to arrange
by techno lover January 13, 2007
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