Dance Music Explained: Techno


BPM 80 – 130

Techno finds its roots in the machine rhythms of Kraftwerk which would be the influential template for left field hip hop artists and new wave/alternative rock acts looking for a dance element to their music. Here’s “Autobahn” from 1974.

Pioneering producer Arthur Baker collaborated with Afrika Bambaataa in 1982 with what many believe to be possibly the most important Electro/Techno single of the decade with “Planet Rock”.

And New Order benefitted from working with Baker for “Confusion” in 1983.

From the late 80s and 90s Orbital would develop the techno sound with Acid House and Electronica. Here’s “Midnight” from 1991.

Aphex Twin would combine ambient and acid influence into his “Xylem Tube EP” from 1992. “Polynomial-C” is the result.

And Future Sound Of London would make ambient/techno music their own in 1991 with “Papua New Guinea”.

Simeon Bowring (AKA Pentatonik) would release some really interesting, more melodic instrumental sounds, including 1993’s “Autonomous” E.P. Here’s “Petrushka”

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