This clip, from the film Vibrations, explains how to make techno.
And when it comes to explaining how to make techno, this version is golden.
In case you missed Vibrations when it came out, it’s about rising rock star, TJ Cray:
TJ gets the shot of a lifetime, an audition with a A & R man.
On the way into the city, though, a carload of drunks smash into his car, severing his hands. So he drops out of the business and becomes a homeless drunk.
Cray wakes up to a pulsing beat in an abandoned warehouse, where a “rave” party is in full action. To his rescue comes Anamika, a computer artist, who takes him outside for fresh air.
They become friends and eventually reinvent TJ’s career. With the help of friends, they replace his hands with prosthetics and design a metallic cyber looking suit. TJ becomes an overnight sensation as Cyberstorm.
But he doesn’t get his hands back.
In case you miss any nuggets of techno production wisdom, here’s a written version of how to make techno:
The idea is to get the vibe going.
Then you maintain the vibe with a trance inducing bass and the right lights. We’re primal, heading for cosmic, and just when you think we’re in galactic ecstasy….we go acid. It’s hardcore nutronic mutilation.
Now we get serious. See, we’re going on a psychotically calibrated and electronically executed, digitally compressed, pus-excreting journey to sonic grooviness! The world is coming to an end – but we don’t care, because we’re moon-tan nocturnal, vinyl consuming animals drifting easy through friendly space.
An analog trance, nothing can doom this groove; we’re controlling the vibe, manipulating the madness, sucking in the energy and we’ve cosmic nerving endings, telling us how to move, what to do, where to go and then we know, that it’s time to let go!