O cartulie cinstita, perspectiva istorica, cam enciclopedica si boring pe alocuri, orientata exclusiv pe muzica si mai putin pe restu culturii, ceea ce e meah. Jul 14, Alain Patrick rated it it was amazing Incredibly wide perspective of what Techno is about, as well as its history. Masterly written. This is the context from which Juan Atkins emerged with his early forays into electronic music that would ultimately culminate in his Metroplex label and the first very techno records.
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Author: Dan Sicko Dan Sicko Since , the compositions of techno visionary Juan Atkins have sent shock waves through contemporary music.
On the heels of the German group Kraftwerk, he and partner Rick Davis formed Cybotron, fusing austere European techno-pop with street-level funk. In , Atkins formed Metroplex Records, not knowing that his unique brand of techno would soon inspire the anthems and soundtracks of the digital age — the latest world music. Wired spoke with Atkins about his early inspirations and how they may bring about musical metamorphosis on a wider scale.
Is it essentially a combination of technology and funk? Atkins: Yes. Today, I think "techno" is a term to describe and introduce all kinds of electronic music. In fact, there were a lot of electronic musicians around when Cybotron started, and I think maybe half of them referred to their music as "techno. It just so happened that Detroit was there when people really got into it.
It goes as far as the science fiction I was into early on and the class I took in high school called "Future Studies. Also, Detroit is unlike any other city in the transitions it has endured.
When your surroundings change, you go through change. We never tried to apply any of those principles. The Third Wave was only inspirational, although we did use hybrid words like "cybotron" and "metroplex," and Toffler spoke of these futuristic combinations.
Techno-rebels notwithstanding, some technologies are absorbed very quickly into our culture. Does it surprise you how slowly the United States has embraced electronic music, dance-oriented or otherwise? Not surprised, really. Disappointed is the word. I was more surprised when I first went to Europe and found that white kids could enjoy dance music. How then do you explain the emergence of Detroit as an aesthetic Mecca for electronic dance music, as opposed to larger cities like New York and LA?
When that came to a close, it was the first place hit. That forces people to be creative. Maybe in the marketing departments out there, there really are people who think that a white techno act is more marketable than a black one What do you think is the problem with the way music is presented to the masses? There has to be a revolution in radio in America. I can also guarantee that this station would be Number One in its market within a year.
There is no outlet for techno artists. Right now they put out inch singles and sell 2, to 3, copies and get discouraged. Given the structured and commercial nature of radio, do you see those conventions bending to variety and innovation? Even public radio seems to be "going corporate" these days. What kind of encouragement do you have that radio will not continue to stagnate? There is a ton of music here, kids are buying Roland and Korg keyboards.
And what are they doing?
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Vudolkis Please try again later. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Alexandra Liptsey-Rahe rated it really liked it Sep 14, Most of this info you already know. Trivia About Techno Rebels: Even better than the version. Fairly basic account of the origins of techno. Its focus on historical context is its strength.