Re[2]: Techno, ahem, Electronic Music

Guru George (
Mon, 13 Jan 1997 20:01:40 GMT

J de Lyser wrote:-

> It's true you have to have been there to understand the roots of the
>music and the effects of it, and in most genres of house and techno, the
>element remains, but techno is much more than just a 'soundtrack' to xtc or

But that's all I was saying, really. I was responding to what looked to
me like a dissing of techno based on ignorance of those 'roots'. Nobody
needs to take drugs for anything, but if you want to really understand
techno, you have to have 'been there' at least once; then the 'gestalt' of
the music is unlocked to you, and you can listen to it straight quite
happily and still get it. Without that experience, a critique of techno
is like somebody colour blind critiquing Van Gogh: they'll understand
the form, light, and line, but not the colour.

Guru George