What does today's techno sound like to you?
Back when the genre was first being experimented on, some techno seemed to have an 'acid' style with hypnotic rhythms you didn't want to end. Other forms of techno had a focus on synthesizers and different tones blended into a cohesive 4/4 roller. Music is constantly evolving and techno has gone in many different directions since it's inception. With that being said, it seems as though a lot of techno we hear today is influenced by a variety of different aspects, and Levon Vincent isn't really down with it.
"Techno has never reminded me so much of heavy metal as todays' era," states Levon Vincent on his Facebook page. "Where has the hint of Jazz influence gone? Afro-Cuban rhythms? Still, interesting stuff these days, but can a guy get a 7th chord once and again? Why has the scene shut down all the cultural collage, the melting pot, in favor of just, angst/ angry music? Im bored."
Some may agree with Levon and some may not. Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion and since opinions aren't facts, they're usually open for interpretation and further judgement. In this case, KiNK and Steve Bug chimed in to give their own 2 cents.
"It seems this process goes for long time now and i`m not talking only about the angry techno, actually my problem with it is smaller." KiNK brings in a different issue he's noticing within dance music, not enough funk. "Everything that is big in the last 15 years (or more) gravitates around European music with Trance influence. Starting with progressive house, through the Electro and Minimal stuff in the 2000`s (I`m not talking about the real Electro and Robert Hood) to what is big now, all is dreamy or sad, depressing, as people say - "emotional", but not funky."
Steve Bug got in on the action by stating that a Detroit techno revival is much needed. "It's all about the feelings - definitely missing in plenty of techno tracks these days, that's why i am digging more and more house stuff. Detroit techno needs a revival for sure." Taking things back to the roots is always a good play in my book, especially when those timeless themes can be reimagined instead of imitated.
"After 30 years of this kind of music, it is really hard to find a niche and come up with something unheard," adds Steve Bug. He knows the trouble that all styles of music must face at some point. That moment when techniques become exhausted and we wait for the next big thing to arise. It's a natural occurrence for any cultural phenomenon.
I'm not sure what's next for electronic music, but I enjoy a lot of what I hear and I know there's still much more innovation to be heard.
Read all the comments from Levon Vincent's initial Facebook post here.