The Best Books About Techno Music

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A list of the best books about techno music, including history, culture, and how-to manuals.

Richie Hawtin – DE9: Transitions

Richie Hawtin is one of the most respected names in techno music, and his book DE9: Transitions is one of the best books about the genre. The book chronicles Hawtin’s journey from being a passionate fan of techno music to becoming one of its biggest stars. He offers an inside look at the making of some of his most iconic tracks, and shares his insights on the creative process behind them. DE9: Transitions is an essential read for any fan of techno music.

Jeff Mills – The DJ Producer

Jeff Mills is one of techno’s most prolific and well-respected DJs and producers. In this book, he tells the story of how he got into the music scene and what it was like to be a part of the development of techno music. He also shares his thoughts on the current state of the genre and where it is headed in the future. If you are a fan of Jeff Mills or techno music in general, this is a must-read.

Luke Slater – Freek Funk

Freek Funk is the debut album by English techno producer Luke Slater, released in 1991 by R&S Records. The album was produced under Slater’s birth name, Luke Baldry.

Slater began his music career as a rave DJ in the late 1980s, before going on to produce his own tracks and releasing them on white labels. He signed to R&S in 1990, and released two 12-inches under the pseudonym 7th Plain. Freek Funk was his first album release, and comprised tracks Slater had been working on for some time. It was met with critical acclaim from music critics, who praised its experimental sound and Slater’s production skills.

Surgeon – Force + Form

If you’re interested in learning about techno music, then you should check out Surgeon’s book, “Force + Form.” This book is a great resource for understanding the history and evolution of techno music, as well as the various sub-genres that exist within it.

surgeon is one of the most respected pioneers in the world of techno music, and his book provides a detailed and insightful look into the genre. If you want to learn about techno music, then this is the book for you.

Plastikman – Closer

Closer is the second album by Canadian techno artist Plastikman, aka Richie Hawtin. It was released in 1994 on NovaMute Records. The album was produced following Hawtin’s relocation to New York City, where he met and worked with producer purge. The album features Purge’s signature distorted and flanged percussion sounds, which would become characteristic of Plastikman’s musical style. Closer is widely considered to be a classic of the techno genre, and is included in Pitchfork’s “Top 100 Albums of the 90s” list.

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