Techno - [tek-nō] (noun) -

Techno is a form of electronic dance music (EDM) that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, USA during the mid to late 1980s. Many styles of techno now exist, but Detroit techno, a genre in its own right, is seen as the foundation upon which a number of subgenres have been built.

The initial take on techno arose from the melding of Eurocentric synthesizer-based music (such as groups like Kraftwerk) with various African American styles such as Chicago house, funk, electro, and electric jazz. Added to this was the influence of futuristic and fictional themes that were relevant to life in American late capitalist society: most particularly the novel Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. Techno music pioneer Juan Atkins cites Toffler's phrase "techno rebels" as inspiring him to use the word techno to describe the musical style he helped to create. This unique blend of influences aligns techno with the aesthetic referred to as AfroDiasporic Futurism. To producers such as Derrick May, the transference of spirit from the machine to the body is often a central preoccupation; essentially an expression of technological spirituality. In this manner: "techno dance music defeats what Adorno saw as the alienating effect of mechanisation on the modern consciousness".

Music journalists and fans of techno are generally selective in their use of the term; so a clear distinction can be made between sometimes related but often qualitatively different styles, such as house, tech house, and trance. "Techno" is also commonly confused with generalized descriptors, such as electronic music and dance music.

 

MP3 Mixes

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Live @ Recess - October 13th, 2012 - Upstairs Lounge

Live @ Not-A-Rave - March 17th, 2012 - St. Louis Warehouse

Music for Imaginary Friends - Volume 2 - Volume 2 - August 2011

Live @ Badassness - December 2010 - Upstairs Lounge

Music for Imaginary Friends - Volume 1 - June 2009 - Live at home - 1hr, 16 min, 126MB

Live on XTC Radio -May 8th, 2008 Live on "Thursday Night Grind" with DJ D-Caf, 1 hour, 86MB

Live @ Mercury Lounge - April 12th, 2008 Live @ Alchemy 1.3 -- Mercury, 1hr 22min, 112MB

Live @ Dantes - December 9th, 2006 - Dantes (opening for Green Velvet) approx 1hr 40 minutes, 88MB

Summer '06 Mix - June 17th, 2006 Live @ Mechazilla (Minimal, Tech-Haus) 1 hour, 88MB

Vinyl/Final Scratch Set - Live @ the ole Art Coop on a chilly night- January 2004 (Techno)

Old McDonald Had A Groove - Live in Kirksville, MO, Barn Party 3-31-2001

Live @ Lovetronic - Live in STL, MO - 2-10-2001 (Hard Acid Techno)

Classic Techno Tidbit - Live @ Spooks Sin Space, October 2000 (Tidbit from Techno Tidbits) (Hard Techno)

 

 

 

Mix-CD releases

"Live @ Mechazilla" - Live at Zoe Campground one secret night 2006

"Live @ ReGroove" - Live set from ReGroove @ the Kastle 2-22-2003

"Method in the Madness" - Official studio demo 2002

"Live @ Jive" - Live set from Collinsville, IL 7-11-01

"Live @ Old MacDonald Had a Groove" - Live set from Kirksville, MO 3-31-2001

"Techno Tidbits Volume 2" - 2 more mix sets - Chunk of "Cosmic Inferno" demo from '99, Live @ Lovetronic 02-10-00

"Techno Tidbits Volume 1" - 2 mix sets - Live at house party 4th of July 2000, Live @ Spooks Sin Space 10-28-00

  Kirksville
MITM
Mechazilla

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And from the classic days when DJs put their demos out on cassette tapes: Here's my old mixtape cover....

Cosmic Infero