Drop the BEAT


Techno music was created in the 1980’s by Juan Atkins. Techno music is also known as underground dance music or “high tech soul” electronic music that first became huge in the UK. This genre was influenced by many elements such as p-funk, disco, and blues. Both blues and techno music had an international appeal that sparked the interest of all audiences. Elements of techno music include a “four on the floor” beat approach that has a steady four count beat. Surprisingly, House music is another subgenre of techno that is seen to be a bit slower and uses a break beat that they speed up. As technology was still emerging in the 80’s the artist used DAWS (Digital Audio Workshops) and they would add different records and songs to the spice up their sets. Important artists included Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlks, Kevin Sanderson, and Derrick May. These four artist were the glue that maintained, elevated, and made techno a staple genre. Kevin made sure the music got to the masses and became popular in the United States by playing in underground clubs in Detroit. Techno had its own influence as it was responsible in the creation of different types of techno, for example in today’s music dubstep, downtempo, breakbeat, and electro are all examples of techno music. After techno music became universally popular many up and coming bands followed the lead of Juan Atkins and started to create music. Groups like Depeche Mode and New Order emerged and were popular in the 80’s and early 90’s.

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