Production Style Guide: Techno Pt. 1 – History & Sound Design

F9 Audio founder and electronic music authority James Wiltshire turns his attention to techno in the latest installment of Point Blank’s Style Guide series
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F9 Audio founder and electronic music authority James Wiltshire turns his attention to techno in the latest installment of Point Blank’s Style Guide series

Techno is more than a genre – it’s an institution. Combining the avant-garde electronica that was coming out of Europe in the early ‘70s and ‘80s with the electric funk and post-disco beamed from Detroit’s underground radio stations, Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson began to create what is now known as early Detroit techno.

Nowadays, techno’s countless sub genres and variants can all be traced back to those pioneers, known as the Belleville Three. In Point Blank’s latest installment of their Style Guide series, James Wiltshire (Freemasons, Beyoncé) breaks down techno’s history, the seismic impact it had upon culture and the actual sound of one of electronic music’s most defining genres. You can watch part one above, and make sure you subscribe to Point Blank’s YouTube channel for more tutorials and live events – including the second part of the Style Guide: Techno, coming soon.

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