Techno Music

Origins and Influence

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 pfunk, disco, and blues. Both blues and techo music had an international appeal that sparked the interest of all audiences. 


The elements of techno music includes a “four on the floor” beat approach that has a steady four count beat. House music is another genre under the umbrella of techno that is seen to be a bit slower and uses a break beat that they speed up. 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. 

Primary Composers and the Influence on other genres

Primary composers included Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlks, Kevin Sanderson, and Derrick May. These four artist were the glue that maintained, elevated, and made techno a worldwide hit. 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 all came from the orginal techno in the 1980’s. 


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 came up and were very popular in the 80’s and early 90’s. 

Summary Opinion

Personally, I have a new profound like for techno music. I did not know that a black man pioneered the genre and three others followed in his footsteps to futher the popularity. I had always thought because most white people loved the music in today’s socitey that, that’s who created the music. It is refreshing to know black people are still at the forefront of all music. 

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