Technology formerly known as “Techno” emerged in the mid to late 1980’s. Detroit, Michigan takes the title of being the birthplace of this musical genre. “Detroit Techno” is called to be the foundation of the start of what techno music is today. In Detroit, techno resulted from the melding of African American including Chicago Funk, electro, and electric jazz with electronic music by artists such as Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, and Yellow Magic Orchestra. The creative use of music production technology, such as drum machines, synthesizers, and digital audio workstations, is viewed as an important aspect of the music’s aesthetic. Many producers use retro electronic musical devices to create what they consider to be an authentic techno sound. Drum machines from the 1980s such as Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909 are highly prized, and software emulations of such retro technology
Of the four individuals responsible for establishing techno as a genre in its own right, Juan Atkins is widely cited as “The Originator”.
In the early 1980s, Atkins began recording with musical partner Richard Davis (and later with a third member, Jon-5) as Cybotron. This trio released a number of rock and electro-inspired tunes, the most successful of which were Clear (1983) and its moodier followup, “Techno City” (1984).
1980’s Disco Funk Fusion
Disco- Genre of 1970s dance music, derived from the abbreviation of dicotheque, the main venue of consumption
It achieved popularity during the mid-1970s to the early 1980s
Many funk groups found it difficult adjusting to the change of disco-funk
Groups- Con Funk Shun’s, Dayton, Vallejo,
The funk group Dayton from Ohio
Dayton reach their maturity during the disco and funk period
Dayton sound was a funk-disco-jazz hybrid
Dayton used technology and disco’s production techniques
Other tracks- “Eyes on You”, “We Can’t Miss”, “It Must Be Love”, and many more
“Disco was really happening and we tried to fuse funk and disco.” -Felton Pilate