All Types of Techno Music

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The Techno music scene is ever-evolving, and there are plenty of sub-genres to explore. In this blog, we’ll be discussing all types of techno music – from the more popular styles to the more underground scenes.


Techno is a type of electronic dance music that was developed in the early 1990s. It is characterized by a fast tempo, repetitive beats, and minimalistic Melodies.

Detroit Techno

Detroit techno is a type of techno music that typically refers to the first wave of techno music produced in Detroit, Michigan during the mid to late 1980s and early 1990s. The style is characterized by a minimal approach to music composition and an emphasis on repetitive rhythms and hypnotic textures. Detroit techno is often associated with the rave culture of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Chicago Techno

Chicago Techno is a subgenre of techno music that originated in Detroit and Chicago in the mid 2000s. It is characterized by a minimal, stripped-down aesthetic and a focus on atmosphere and texture. The style is often influenced by house music and disco, and typically features sparse, hypnotic percussion and synth-driven melodies.

Berlin Techno

The origins of Berlin Techno are found in the late 1980s, when a handful of DJs and producers began to experiment with the new possibilities offered by electronic music production technology. The earliest productions were influenced by Detroit Techno and British Acid House, but soon developed their own distinctive sound.

The first Berlin Techno tracks were released on cassette tapes and vinyl records in the early 1990s, and the style quickly gained popularity in underground clubs and rave parties around the city. The first Berlin Techno label, Hard Wax, was founded in 1991, and soon other labels such as Tresor, force inc. recordings, and Ostgut Ton followed suit.

In the 2000s, Berlin Techno became more experimental and eclectic, with artists like Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) and Brandt Brauer Frick merging traditional techno structures with elements of classical music, jazz, and minimalism. Today, Berlin is home to a thriving techno scene, with numerous clubs, labels, and festivals dedicated to the genre.


When it comes to Techno, there are many sub-genres that can be hard to keep track of. House is one of the most popular and well-known genres of Techno. House is characterized by a 4/4 time signature and a tempo of around 120 beats per minute. The genre also often incorporates elements of soul, funk, and disco.

Deep House

Deep house is a subgenre of house music. It originated in the 1980s, initially fusing elements of Chicago house with 1980s jazz-funk and touches of soul music. Deep house tracks generally have a tempo of between 120–125 beats per minute (BPM). They are often keyboard-based, with sparse, minimal percussion. Vocal samples are sometimes used, although they are often cut up or treated electronically.

Deep house was one of the first styles of house music to be mixed together using the beatmatching technique, which became popular in nightclubs in Ibiza in the late 1980s. The resultant mix DJs created was a smoother transition from one song to another than had ever previously been heard in dance music. This “new” style combined both elements of original Chicago house and jazz-funk with occasional samples of other tracks thrown in for good measure.

Funky House

Funky house is a type of house music that started in the mid-1990s and was influenced by disco, acid house, and Detroit techno. The sound is typically characterized by a deep bassline, shuffling hi-hats, and melodies that are often brought out by synthesizers or sampled sounds.

Soulful House

Soulful house is a subgenre of house music that combines elements of soul music, R&B, and sometimes disco. It generally features more introspective and emotional lyrics in comparison to other house subgenres. It originated in the mid-1980s, initially fusing elements of Chicago house with gospel music and jazz-funk.


Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged in the early 1990s. It is characterized by a tempo of between 125 and 150 beats per minute, and contains elements of progressive house, techno, and acid house. The genre often has a four-on-the-floor beat, with a kick drum on every quarter note and a hi-hat on every eighth note.

Uplifting Trance

Uplifting Trance is a subgenre of Trance music. It is characterized by a tempo of around 140 BPM, pianos, synths, sweeping pads, and melodic breakdowns. The genre was developed in the early 1990s by German producers like Oliver Lieb andAurora Borealis.

Melodic Trance

Melodic trance is a subgenre of trance music that focuses on a strong melody line which is often in the form of a long and evolving chord progression. Melodic trance also tends to use a greater variety of instruments than other forms of trance, often incorporating more acoustic sounds such as guitars, pianos and string sections, and sometimes making use of ethnic instrumentation. The genre took shape in the early 1990s with tracks such as Robert Miles’ “Children”, Chicane’s “Offshore” and Energy 52’s “Cafe Del Mar”.

Hard Trance

Hard trance is a subgenre of trance music that places importance on strong melodies, powerful bass-lines and melodies that are often easier to remember than those in other trance genres. It is often confused with “hard dance”, however the two styles are quite different. Hard trance tracks generally have a 4/4 time signature, with a tempo range of around 140-150 BPM and heavily focus on the use of synthesizers and effects.

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