What Is Techno Music?

Especially in the modern world, everybody hears and enjoys it but wonders one question: what is techno music?

Techno is an alternative or a subgenre of the Electronic Dance Music, also known as EDM. Techno musicians and artists use the electronic and technological instruments in composing a track, that is why it is called as ‘techno.’ The components as synthesizer, sampling, drum machines and numerous electronic beats are the key elements for producing this type of music.


It is believed that techno music is influenced around 1970s and emerged in the beginning of 1980s, therefore developed so quickly with plenty of subgenres of its own.

  • FIRST AGE: The birthplace of techno music is the central part of Europe, especially Germany. It is known that the influences and the babysteps of the first techno beats are made by German artists such as Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and C.J. Bolland. Pioneers of those techno musicians were the first to use electronic synthesizers with looping basses and drumbeats.

  • PRIME TIME | DETROIT TECHNO: The legacy of the European artists were rapidly embraced and adopted by U.S. residents. When these beats got acrossed the Atlantic, a new style of techno emerged, which is called ‘House.’ While also called as Chicago House, this type of music were a bit of techno and a dance music in between. It was the moment that the trio called Belleville Three of Detroit Techno surpassed and impacted the whole European and American taste of music. It differs the house type as it begins as more complex and focusing on instrumental style in general. Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and especially Juan Atkins, believed as the father of techno, were the precessor of this type of genre. Atkins‘ track, ‘No UFO’s‘ is believed for the first accepted techno track by the techno universe.

  • BIRTH OF RAVE CULTURE: The effect of Detroit Techno and Chicago House shaped the people’s tendency towards any kind of techno genre wherever they are. Thus, the endless home parties, clubs and residences were starting playing with monstrous beats all night long. In the 1990s, a European’s daily routine was basically to attend to any type of musical activity that beholds techno type. It was so popped-up, unique and popular among all middle-aged people around that time. It was so crazy and thriving that in the late 1990s, the people gathered around techno music started a new movement: Underground Techno. This was more elevated and the effects of Atkins‘ Detroit style brought up with a new progressive style. It was more beat-centeric and Atkins wraps up it as: “music that sounds like technology, and not technology that sounds like music, meaning that most of the music you listen to is made with technology, whether you know it or not. But with techno music, you know it.
  • It was not that long it to expand this type of music to other central parts in the world. In the late 1980s and mid 1990s, the British Islands, UK, met with techno culture. It was so important that the hybrid and multicultural ghettos heard it for the first time. So that meant techno is the music for all people. All type of DJs were gathered around famous places in Europe, therefore the first important and symbolized clubs emerged around those times. The Haçienda in Manchester U.K, Ostgut in Berlin, and Paradise Garage in New York were among of those.

  • MODERN ERA:  The effect of techno music from the second millenium (2000s) to nowadays differ from the first waves of techno. Supposedly, techno became more popular by some iconic effects, such as Techno Viking, the commercials on TV and social media effects among teens. In the last 25 years, techno became widespread in any country or continent. Compared to the first artists and fans of techno, today it is seen as more elitist or elegant. In the past people from any layer were gathering around residences, places and clubs to listen to it, but today it is more like to attend to a festival or event by giving much money as millions of people to enjoy the equivalent of techno stars.
  • The musical type of techno is also changed as a characteristics. In a huge circle, today techno has multiple subgenres in total. Apart from mentioned above, Detroit, Chicago, House and Underground, today we have too many artists in Acid, Hardcore, Minimal, Trance, Deep, Tech House and so on. It is not just the genres that are changed. The capital of techno is moved like from Berlin to Amsterdam, New York to Ibiza. Today ravers tends to attend a techno night in outdoor clubs to enjoy a whole night experience. And finally, the prestigious establishment in music culture, Grammy Awards, announced to give prize to whom produces the best track in techno every year after 2017.



Agree or not, techno is a style that exposes the dark soul of a person. It is a purgify of emotions. Techno is the awakening, the leg of the chair and not for today, also tomorrow’s heritage. It took so long to set up. It was too difficult to survive, but now it is our chance to enjoy. Techno is a lively thing that cannot be defined in a frame. So, it can be only said there are too to go. Live it, listen it and embrace it. Let the techno touch your soul every day. Follow Techno Airlines for more…