I am still researching Techno music, so I have copied Wikipedia’s summary here as a short term reference. Keep checking back for updates. Also, don’t forget to check out all the relevant blog posts.

Stylistic origins: electro, industrial, synthpop, electronic art music, Chicago house
Cultural origins: 1980s, Germany, France, Italy, UK, USA
Typical instruments: keyboard, synthesizer, drum machine, sequencer, sampler
Mainstream popularity: Moderate, largely in late 1980s and 1990s Europe
Derivative forms: IDM, trance, jungle
Subgenres: acid, ambient, minimal
Fusion genres: tech house, microhouse
Regional scenes: Yorkshire Bleeps and Bass, Schranz, Detroit Techno

Important Detroit Techno Producers

The “originators” (The Bellville Three and associates), also known as the “first wave”:
Juan Atkins (with Richard “3070” Davis, as Cybotron)
Blake Baxter
Eddie Fowlkes
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
Anthony Shakir
Other “second wave” techno producers active since c.1988–1990 — many of them based in or near Detroit — include the following people:
John Acquaviva
Mike Clark
Carl Craig
Jay Denham
Mike Banks
Richie Hawtin
Robert Hood
Kenny Larkin
Jeff Mills
Terrence Parker
Alan Oldham
James Pennington
Stacey Pullen
Dj Raid a.k.a Speed Arrow


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