Techno Assignment


Alanna-Gentrification- Techno is a form of electronic music produced using a wide range of computer-based digital instruments and software. It originated in Detroit in the early 80’s  and contributed to the well renowned music culture associated with the city. Techno played a major role in the development of Detroit during the early 80’s. Overtime, Detroit techno became known world-wide. Although some see this as a positive thing, it was seen very negatively by the people from the city. White people began to use this music and turn it into a new style that was associated with “raves”. Raves involve a large group of people typically in an outdoor setting jumping around and usually engaging in drugs. This is not the way that Detroit techno began so it is very disheartening to see the major changes that have been made within this style of music.

Camrie-Kabore- In the Detroit techno world, a cabaret is a type of social gathering usually associated with a community of unionized workers other socially specific group. DJs perform at these gatherings, and attendees dress in formal clothing, dance, eat, and drink. As time progressed, cabarets spread all over the country. Burlesque shows, drag shows, solo vocalist with pianos, as well as the venues where these shows occur were advertised as cabarets. Broadway shows centered around cabarets and thrived up until the 1980s. After that time, cabarets began to decline in popularity, but elements are seen in Las Vegas burlesque shows and similar venues.

Mya-The creators

Autumn/Christina- Black culture and musical institutions in Detroit

Christha- Diversity and raves

Niffisa- Krautrock is a broad genre of electronic music. Krautrock was played by European groups in the 1980s. Kraftwerk, a German music group featured heavy use of drum machines. Electronic musicians in Detroit were influenced by the musical elements of Krautrock. The Robots – Kraftwerk

Halle- Detroit Techno -Detroit techno is characterized by percussive rhythms typically in common time (4/4) with tempos ranging from 120 to 150 beats per minute. The is an emphasis on the back beat( beat 2 and 4) is the typical Detroit techno artist style. It is closely related to Chicago house music which is characterized by slightly slower tempos. The presence of the melody is always common is Detroit techno.

Gygeria- Techno: A form of dance music that emerged in Detroit in the early to mid-1980s that primarily features electronic instruments, including drum machines, multitrack mixers, computers, and samples.House of Music: A style of electronic music originating in gay Black clubs in Chicago in the 1980s.Rave: A large scale, a night party featuring electronic dance music, primarily house and techno.Bohemian: A person who lives and acts without regard fro conventional rules and practices.Cabaret: In Detroit, a type of social gathering usually associated with a community of unionized workers or other specifically specialized group. Krautrock: Electronic music played by European groups of the 1980s, particularly German groups such as Kraftwerk, which featured heavy use of drum machines.

Imani/Monica- Mike Huckaby is a record producer known for his contributions to Detroit electronic music. Huckaby has produced music on his two labels called Deep Transportation, and S Y N T H. These labels are both well known among underground djs worldwide. Aside from producing music he has been touring, djing and teaching music production with Native Instruments and Ableton software at Youthville and worldwide. Huckaby is credited for bringing out the Detroit sound of deep house and techno as well for balancing the two in his works.

Baheejah, Christina, Nafissa- Ken Collier

Soul music, originated in the late 1950s in the United States, is a musical genre that combines rhythm and blues and gospel music (Nero, Mark E.). Blues was a style that praised the fleshly desire whereas gospel coincided with spiritual inspiration. R&B, a combination of blues and jazz, bloomed in the 1940s as small groups of majority black musicians (Nero, Mark E.) . Soul is differentiated from R&B by its use of gospel-music devices, merged religious and secular things as well as its great emphasis on vocalists. The earliest pioneers of soul music include Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and James Brown. Solomon Burke was also very influential in the popularization of soul music with his soul classics of the early 1960s recordings, “Cry to Me”, “Just Out of Reach” and “Down in the Valley” (New World Encyclopedia). Joe Tex’s 1965 “The Love You Save” is a classic Soul recording as well.

Soul music was born in Memphis, Tennessee and in the southern US where most of the soul performing artists were from. In Memphis, Staxx Records produced recordings by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Don Covay. Owned by Quinton Claunch, another notable label from Memphis was Goldwax Records. Goldwax signed O. V. Wright and James Carr, who made several hits that are considered essentials of the genre.

There are a variety of types of Soul music including: Southern Soul, Neo-Soul, and Psychedelic Soul (which created a path for 1960s Funk Music). The addition of Soul in white musical groups was then called, “Blue-Eyed Soul” (New World Encyclopedia). Popular contemporary Soul music includes artists such as Mary J. Blige, Anthony Hamilton, Joss Stone, and Raphael Saadiq (Nero, Mark E.).

The aesthetic of Soul music is derived from musical and preaching traditions of Blacks in the church. Soul music carries out many different vocal styles. Many soul artists incorporate shouts, hollers, moans, and screams into their songs. Soul music incorporates many different voices with varying range. It is common for many artist to improvise in order  to build the intensity of the song. In order to build the climactic points of song,  artists often repeat words, phrases, or the entire section of song to an instrumental or vocal piece (Cadenza). It is also common for performers to display the intensity of a song with the use of their body. This is commonly illustrated by James Brown.

The unique sound of soul is distinctive not only because of its origin but also because the instruments used to create a unique sounds. Soul music is loose while at the same time it is also tight and rhythmically precise. Typically, musicians use the electric bass, drums, electric guitar, and a brass section.

Authors: Baheejah Crumbley, Nafessia Johnson, and Christina Flakes

Katelyn- Jeff Miller

Treasure- Derrick May Derrick May was born on April 6th, 1963 in Belleville, Michigan. From an early age, he developed a passion for music. By age 13, Derrick formed a DJ trio with his classmates called Deep Space Soundworks, which existed solely to present music at parties and clubs within the area. After high school, the three young men of this trio were able to open their own individual record labels. Derrick May began his production career through the release of his record called “Nude Photo” in 1987. This record, along with others, helped start the Detroit techno music scene which quickly made its way around, gaining popularity across the world. Later in his life, derrick spent his time mentoring other popular artists including Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen. Derrick May continues to follow his passion and can be found performing internationally many weekends! 

Kennedy- Masks and invisibility- There are definitely pros and cons for techno artists to conceal their identities from their fans and listeners. During the social climate when techno was becoming prevalent in people’s lives and especially their social lives, racism and discrimination was still an issue for minorities. Just because the Civil Rights Movement happened does not mean that equal rights were automatically shared with all people. By concealing their identities, techno artists held the power in how their brand was sold and portrayed to the outside world. They could control when, or if, they disclosed themselves to the public and in what manner it occurred. Some fans completely understood the methodology, while others resented the artists, as they felt they were being excluded. Some critics went so far as to claim that by not disclosing their identity, the artists were ultimately displacing racist tactics. Some of the artists felt that by keeping their identity secret, they were able to make a bigger difference and even keep aspects of their lives separate from one another. Overall, Detroit Techno was extremely popular and despite the artists choice to conceal their identity or not, the genre exploded and was accepted and became a large part of the culture.

Dominique- Electrifying Mojo- The Electrifying Mojo, aka Charles Johnson, was an eclectic and influential Detroit radio DJ during the 80s. He was a legendary and mysterious late night radio personality who had the freedom to play widely different types of music. His show exposed Detroit residents to the type of unusual sounds that would come to define the Techno genre. Mojo did not adhere to any traditional black genres — R&B, soul, gospel. Instead he explored new genres, which garnered him a racially mixed fanbase.

Each of Mojo’s shows began with an ethereal “Landing of the Mothership,” which perfectly suggested the unpredictable and futuristic show that might ensue. Mojo catalyzed the burgeoning popularity of early techno music. Mojo’s show was devoted to exposing listeners to the sounds of Detroit’s underground. He was pushing a scene that would later be revered worldwide as the Detroit Techno Wave.

Cornelia- Summary of Techno-Techno originated in Detroit Michigan in the early 1980’s. Techno is a from of electronic music produced using a wide range of electronic and computer-base digital instruments and software. Techno music does not just belong to one race, its universal.  Techno music has given way to  disco dj’s, raves, house music, dance and so many other things. Techno can be appreciated in the general historical lineage of electronic music.

Samantha- How is disco and techno related-  Disco music was developed  in the 1970s in New York. Disco music included a combination of soul, funk, Motown and even salsa and meringue musical styles. Techno and House are different regional variations of post disco music. Techno music originated in Chicago in the early 1980s. House music originated originated in gay Black Clubs in the 1980s. Unlike Disco, these styes are very similar because they are both forms of electronic music. Some of the instruments used (specifically in Techno music) are drum machines, multitrack mixers, computers, and samplers.All three types genres were meant for dancing in clubs.

Alexandria- Artist

Nyadirah- Kevin Saunderson

Leah- Juan Atkins

The metroplex- kamille

Women in techno-brooke

Eddie Folks- deja

The music institute-Kaila Crosse

Kenny Larkin- Shavon

Techno in Detroit today – Naomi

808 202 606- Kori Barnes

Craig Carl- Diamond

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