What They Do. Illadelph Halflife. The Fire. How I Got Over. The OtherSide. Main Releases. Things Fall Apart Deluxe Edition. The Roots. Elvis Costello. Feel It You Got It. Best Of Rap. Hip Hop Summer Sound Waves. Since , the compositions of techno visionary Juan Atkins have sent shock waves through contemporary music.
On the heels of the German group Kraftwerk, he and partner Rick Davis formed Cybotron, fusing austere European techno-pop with street-level funk. In , Atkins formed Metroplex Records, not knowing that his unique brand of techno would soon inspire the anthems and soundtracks of the digital age — the latest world music. Wired spoke with Atkins about his early inspirations and how they may bring about musical metamorphosis on a wider scale.
Wired: What is your definition of techno? Is it essentially a combination of technology and funk? It's interesting, because I met Karl Bartos formerly of Kraftwerk and he told me that one of his influences was James Brown. Today, I think "techno" is a term to describe and introduce all kinds of electronic music. In fact, there were a lot of electronic musicians around when Cybotron started, and.
I think maybe half of them referred to their music as "techno. It just so happened that Detroit was there when people really got into it. What separates Detroit techno from other music, like Chicago's house movement? It's always been about insight and forward thinking. It goes as far as the science fiction I was into early on and the class I took in high school called "Future Studies.
Also, Detroit is unlike any other city in the transitions it has endured. When your surroundings change, you go through change. You've said elsewhere that the term "techno"was partially taken from Toffler's term "techno-rebels" in The Third Wave — those who didn't see the need for technology to be overwhelming or alienating.
Does this concept have anything to do with techno's use of older analog synthesizers or keeping the production of vinyl alive?
We never tried to apply any of those principles. The Third Wave was only inspirational, although we did use hybrid words like "cybotron" and "metroplex," and Toffler spoke of these futuristic combinations.
Techno-rebels notwithstanding, some technologies are absorbed very quickly into our culture. I base the condition of each of my Records off of Ebay's Grading System.
Very high vinyl luster and no noticeable label defects. Sounds new. With 45rpm records, this does not always mean there is no surface noise at all. May have some minor surface noise, but nothing distracting.
The vinyl and label may appear used, but well cared for. Records may have some more obvious flaws that are not visually degrading such as a sticker on the label; more noticeable writing on the label; scuffing and minor scratches on the vinyl; or minor discoloration of the label.
There may be very minor warping of the vinyl. There may be a slight scratch not affecting play. Appears well used but not abused.For a band that self-title themselves "the legendary Roots crew", they have quite a reputation to live up to and they totally do on this DualCd Live album. The songs are far more dynamic than their studio counterparts and the selection is quite awesome/5(56).