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.
Goa is the name of a sub-genre of Trance that has roots all the way back to the province of Goa in India. It is characterized by its use of a driving 4/4 beat (some goa is in 3/3), a trance-inducing melody(usually in an eastern or indian set of notes a.k.a. scale) that is performed by various synthesizers (not all of it is done with a roland TB-303, God, that would be boring as hell), and various effects like teleport zapping, blasts, and pitch bending cracks that help to create a mystical like state to a listener. Lastly, goa is TRANCE, not techno. Duh. Oh yeah, and psytrance is just a broken down more mechanical version of goa, if you were wondering.
Artists include infected mushroom, dreamchild, astral projection, GMS, sun project, etc.
Term referring to the parties and the gatherings of the late 80's which later evolved into raves. Acid house, a popular genre of house at the time, gave the parties their namesake. The music was much more moody and sinister than the now soft and pleasant music of the club and dying rave scene, and had a much more hard and machine-like edge. Acid house parties themselves took place in cramped buildings or warehouses, with low lighting and a trance-like feel.
"acid house parties are over, man" said the young twenty-something. "Raves are now in full swing."