This audio podcast, via the New Yorker, is a brief history of techno. Continue reading
This video tutorial takes a look at how to make techno and house rhythms with a classic Roland TR-909 drum machine. Continue reading
This is the official music video for Spectral Split, by Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory.
The track comes from their new album, Elements of Light, which is described as ‘a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon.’ The music combines elements of minimalism, techno and traditional carillon works.
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: Continue reading