Minimal Techno Music Is Changing, Not Dying
Meanwhile in Berlin
Whatever the fate of minimal techno, Berlin will likely remain the epicenter of entire techno world for some time to come. In fact, there is a much more established feel to the scene than in England, and participants are clearly in it for the long haul. House music is thriving in Berlin, and Johnny D in particular is looking as though he will develop into a major act.
Dubstep and techno merge
There is more and more of a mixture of the dubstep and techno genres coming out, especially in Berlin. All of the hip record stores are carrying music that blends the two styles, and these tracks are blowing up on the dance floors. Producers are taking the slowed-down beats of dubstep and boosting them techno style to bring about the best of both worlds.
The influence of minimal techno music going forward
While artists going forward may not think of themselves as being strictly minimal in their style, the influence of the genre will likely be felt for some time going forward. Minimal was a big sonic change, and those who created it were taking a major risk both aesthetically and in terms of reaching a large audience.
There has always been a bit of a refined feel to minimal; it’s generally considered techno for connoisseurs, and there’s no reason to believe that those who were passionate about it will lose their preference. In minimal, there is rarely an over-the-top singer or repetitive annoying samples, and getting rid of these affectations is good for electronic music overall.
Those who create minimal music have a profound understanding of techno as a whole. That’s where the genre’s sense of play, mischief and sound references add to its overall appeal. Techno music has always, at its best, been a cerebral craft, and minimal has helped maintain this tradition. In short, minimal will be driving techno styles for some time to come.