Machine Soul: A History Of Techno  

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"If there is one central idea in techno, it is of the harmony between man and machine. As Juan Atkins puts it: "You gotta look at it like, techno is technological. It's an attitude to making music that sounds futuristic: something that hasn't been done before." This idea is commonplace throughout much of avant-garde 20th-century art --early musical examples include Russolo's 1913 Art of Noises manifesto and '20s ballets by Erik Satie ("Relâche") and George Antheil ("Ballet méchanique"). Many of Russolo's ideas prefigure today's techno in everything but the available hardware, like the use of nonmusical instruments in his 1914 composition, Awakening of a City." --"Machine Soul: A History Of Techno" (1993) by Jon Savage


There's something in the air called objectivity. There's something in the air like electricity. There's something in the air, and it's in the air, the air. There's something in the air that's pure silliness. There's something in the air that you can't resist. There's something in the air, and it's in the air, And you can't get it out of the air.


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"Machine Soul: A History Of Techno" (1993) is an essay by Jon Savage on the history of techno which first appeared in The Village Voice.

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""It's like a cry for survival," a panicked male voice calls out. The beat pauses, but the dancers do not. Then Orbital throw us back into the maelstrom: into a blasting Terry Riley sample, into the relentless machine rhythm, into a total environment of light and sound. We forget about the fact that we're tired, that the person in front of us is invading our space with his flailing arms. Then, suddenly, we're there: locked into the trance, the higher energy. It does happen, just like everybody always says: along with thousands of others, we lift off."

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