As an electronic music enthusiast, hearing someone generically slap the label of “techno” to every electronic song they hear makes me want to politely slap them in the face.
This is the equivalent of calling The Beatles punk rock, which is entirely incorrect. Just as there are many kinds of rock music, there are also many sub-genres of electronic music. The sub-genre “techno” is not an umbrella term like “rock”. These two should not be used interchangeably! Instead, call it electronic or electronica if you don’t know what it is you’re hearing.
The differences certainly may not be recognized to every outsider and think I can understand why. Electronic music can draw on a vast array of synthesized sounds created by a computer. Depending on the sounds, it could be trance, house, drum & bass, or many others. Unfamiliar listeners may hear a synthesizer sound and immediately think it’s techno! But, each sub-genre uses distinct beat patterns and sounds. They are not all the same, although many of them can share similarities.
For me, identifying these different sounds comes easily and has definitely fed my love for electronic music. Different sub-genres seem to fit different moods.
So, now that you are aware there is more than just “techno” out there, maybe you will think twice before making a blanketing statement about such a great music category.
I am feeling a lot of positive motivation. I suppose there are lot’s of reasons for this. Maybe it’s the fresh, thumping beats in the background right now (courtesy of a great blog for DJs called Electro4House). It could be my bedroom in my new apartment that isn’t the size of a pantry anymore! Possibly, it surrounds my New Year’s resolution to leave behind, what seems like, such an antiquated version of myself.
For reasons I’m not sure, I hadn’t really evolved from some things that were bringing me down for the last few years. Thankfully, I’m feeling wiser now.