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Minimal techno (shall that be written in tiny letters?) is a genre derived from techno music. It shares similarities to acid house, Detroit techno and microhouse (naturally, they're both minimal genres). It has a very repetitive nature, and as you may have guessed, its structure is very simple.
The instruments that are usually used in this music are like that of most genres of electronic music: keyboard, drum machine, sampler, sequencer, etc... Computers and laptops can also be used to produce this music; however it's not as popular with the artists as the aforementioned instruments.
There are two types of minimalism in this genre. One of the two types is called skeletal minimal, where the bare minimum is used to make the music, with some small distinctions to be able to differentiate between songs. The other is called massification, where there are several different sounds and instruments, but doesn't change much over the course of time.
It's one of the slower genres, having an average tempo of about 126 beats per minute, to 130 beats per minute. The instruments used specifically are usually the Roland TR-808 and the Roland TR-909, which is a drum machine.
Minimal techno arose out of Detroit (like many forms of techno) during the early parts of the 1990s. By the early 2000s however, the term "minimal" was seen by most as something that the Germans popularized. They did this through various record labels, such as Perlon and Kompakt, for example.
During the early 1990s when techno was hot in the rave scene, some producers thought it had lost something in its evolution. These producers, Robert Hood and Daniel Bell thought it would be a good idea to return to the root of techno and bring back the original underground sound.
This was during the time that this minimal form of techno appeared, fueled by these producers to bring back what they call minimal. Since then, many places around the world have contributed to this genre and have made a great impact on the music. The United Kingdom, Berlin and Finland are a few examples.
As of recently, microhouse (or minimal house) has been a huge influence on this genre, so much so, that it's to the point of nearly becoming one genre, a new genre so to speak. And as of 2004, it has found a great amount of popularity in clubs in places like Germany, France, South Africa, Japan, and many other places.
Average Beats Per Minute: 126 - 130
Where It Originated: Detroit, Michigan
Stylistically Similar To: Microhouse, Detroit Techno, Acid House
Year Developed: Early 1990s
General Techno - Back to the overview of techno.
Detroit Techno -Widly regarded as the birth of techno, where it originated.
Free Tekno - Played at free parties in Europe, this techno is fast, free and loud.
Ghettotech - Hailing from the same place as Detroit Techno, having hip-hop influences.
Minimal Techno - Using only the bare minimum to make the music. Back to the basics!
Schranz - Taking elements from hard techno, you can expect it to be, well, hard!
You are at minimal techno.