Techno is a subgenre of electronic dance music that originated in Detroit, Michigan, during the mid-to-late 1980s. The term “techno” was first used in 1988 to describe a specific musical style. Several elements are uniquely characteristic of techno, including its repetitive beats, synth lines, and distorted bass lines.
Techno, first described by Alvin Toffler in his book, The Third Wave. It was influenced by no-beat techno artists such as Juan Atkins and gained popularity in the 1980s. Techno has become a defining characteristic of electronic dance music and is typically divided into two primary types: electronic and ambient.
Techno was initially a dance music genre without singing. As a result, this style is often fast-paced and non-melodic.
In Europe, techno music developed into a thriving underground scene but was largely ignored in the US. The growth of the European rave scene contributed to its popularity, while in the US, it lagged. Today, the genre has evolved into various styles, ranging from pop-oriented acts like Moby to anti-commercial stances, such as Underground Resistance.
Before it was known as techno, the subgenre was called “electronica.” While the term is frequently used generically, techno has a specific and distinct identity.