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Minimal Techno

Minimal techno is a form of electronic dance music (EDM) that is considered a minimalist  sub- genre  of techno . It is characterized by a stripped-down aesthetic that exploits the use of repetition, and understated development. This style of dance music production generally adheres to the motto less is more ; a principle that has been previously utilized, to great effect, in architecture  , design  , visual art  , and Western art music  . The tradition of minimalist aesthetics in Western culture  can be traced to the German Bauhaus movement (1919 to 1933). Minimal techno is thought to have been originally developed in the early 1990s by Detroit based producers Robert Hood  and Daniel Bell.

Style

In an essay published in the book Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (2004), music journalist and critic Philip Sherburne, asserts that minimal techno uses two specific stylistic approaches, one being skeletalism , and the other massification . According to Sherburne, in skeletal minimal techno, only the core elements are included with embellishments used only for the sake of variation within the song. In contrast, massification is a style of minimalism in which many sounds are layered over time, but with little variation in sonic elements. Today the influence of minimal styles of House music and Techno are not only found in club music , but becoming more commonly heard in popular music. Regardless of the style, minimal Techno corkscrews into the very heart of repetition" so cerebrally as to often inspire descriptions like 'spartan', 'clinical', 'mathematical', and 'scientific.'

Origins

In his essay Digital Discipline: Minimalism in House and Techno Philip Sherburne also proposes what the origins of Minimal techno might be. Sherburne states that, like most contemporary electronic dance music, minimal techno has its roots in the landmark works of pioneers such as Kraftwerk and Detroit Techno 's Derrick May and Juan Atkins . Minimal techno focuses on rhythm and repetition instead of melody and linear progression , much like classical minimalist music and the polyrhythmic African musical tradition that helped inspire it. By 1994, according to Sherburne, the term "minimal" was in use to describe any stripped-down, Acidic derivative of classic Detroit style.

Los Angeles based writer Daniel Chamberlin, attributes the origin of minimal techno to the German producers Basic Channel and in doing so fails to credit the contributions of Robert Hood or mention the influence of Hood, and other members of Underground Resistance , on the Berlin techno scene of the early 1990s (the scene out of which Basic Channel emerged). Chamberlin draws parallels between the compositional techniques used by producers such as Richie Hawtin , Wolfgang Voigt, and Surgeon and that of American minimalist composer Steve Reich , in particular the pattern phasing system Reich employs in many of his works; the earlist being "Come Out". Chamberlin also sees the use of sine tone drones by minimalist composer La Monte Young and the repetitive patterns of Terry Riley's " In C " as other major influences. Sherburne also points to the possible influence of American minimalist composers on EDM , particularly minimal techno, but Sherburne and Chamerlin largely ingore the possible influence of ethnic music, such as that from Africa (and it's many derivatives), India , and Indonesia , on minimal dance music.

The pioneering composers of American minimalism drew heavily upon World music . Steve Reichs' work was significantly influenced by his time studying African percussion in Ghana during the late 1960s and both La Monte Young and Terry Riley trained with Hindustani classical music singer and teacher Pandit Pran Nath . Sherburne has suggested that the noted similarities between minimal forms of dance music and American minimalism could easily be accidental; he also notes that much of the music technology used in EDM has traditionally been designed to suit loop based compositional methods, which may explain why certain stylistic features of minimal techno sound similar to works of Reich's that employ loops and pattern phasing techniques.

One group who clearly had an awareness of American minimalism is the British Ambient act The Orb . Their 1990 production Little Fluffy Clouds features a sample from Steve Reich's work Electric Counterpoint (1987). Further acknowledgement of Steve Reich's possible influence on EDM came with the release in 1999 of the Reich Remixed [14] tribute album which featured reinterpretations by artists such as DJ Spooky , Mantronik , Ken Ishii , and Coldcut , among others. In listening to this album, and works by Reich, such as that sampled by The Orb, some may find it difficult to see a direct relationship with the minimal techno productions Robert Hood describes: a basic stripped down, raw sound. Just drums, basslines and funky grooves and only what's essential. Only what is essential to make people move. I started to look at it as a science, the art of making people move their butts, speaking to their heart, mind and soul. It's a heart-felt rhythmic techno sound . [15]

Daniel Bell has also commented that he had a dislike for minimalism in the artistic sense of the word, finding it too "arty", so it is here that comparisons between the music that was being produced in Detroit and other forms of minimalism fail. Robert Hood describes the situation in the early 1990s as one where techno had become too "ravey" , with increasing tempos leading to the emergence of gabba . Such trends saw the demise of the soul infused techno that typified the original Detroit sound. Hood explains that I think Dan [Bell ] and I both realized that something was missing - an element...in what we both know as techno. It sounded great from a production point of standpoint, but there was a 'jack' element in the [old] structure. People would complain that there's no funk, no feeling in techno anymore, and the easy escape is to put a vocalist and some piano on top to fill the emotional gap. I thought it was time for a return to the original underground.

Development

In recent years, the genre has taken great influence from, to the point of merging with the microhouse genre. It has also fragmented into a great number of difficult to categorize subgenres, equally claimed by the minimal techno and microhouse tags.

Minimal techno has found mainstream club popularity since 2004 in such places as Germany, France, Belgium, South Africa, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Ireland and the UK with DJs from a wide variety of genres incorporating differing elements of its tones, the famed after-hours club DC10 in Ibiza being one exponent of the genre.

By the second half of 2006, the term 'minimal' had in many ways become contradictory, as it serves as a denominator for the tech house sounds of the moment, many of which should rather be coined as 'maximal' in terms of their sonic content, in contrast to the original stripped down, i.e. minimalist electronic genre.

 

Artists and labels

Notable artists include Daniel Bell , Ben D, Richie Hawtin (a.k.a. Plastikman), Ricardo Villalobos , Luca Bacchetti, Mika Vainio , Maurizio ( Basic Channel ), Jeff Mills , Paulo Nascimento , Steve Bug, Luciano (Lucien Nicolet), Robert Hood , Troy Pierce (a.k.a. Louderbach),Bisondj, Sleeparchive (Roger Semsroth), Sutekh (Seth Horvitz) Minimal: Impossible (Tom O'Hara), Dj Ivanoff, Raresh (Romania), Trentemøller (Denmark), Premutos (Italy), Stephan Bodzin & Oliver Huntemann.

Some record labels specializing in minimal techno are 90wattsrecords, M nus , Underline , Foundsound, Sähkö Recordings , Force Inc, Kompakt , Trapez , Tenax Recordings, Cadenza, Poker Flat Recordings, Wagon Repair, Marco Carola , Revolver Canada, Kaliber , Rekorder.

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Bart Lectro

Bart Lectro – DJ/Producer/Remixer

Plasmapool (DE)
Attary Records (CO)
Grooved Music (SA)
Second Session (SA)
Trident Music (AR)
Kroton Sound (IT)

Biography:
Bart Lectro born 18 April 1991 in Vilnius, Lithuania. In early age was interested in electronic music. At the age of fifthteen, without any musical education, influnced by Japanese video game composer - Yuzo Koshiro and such DJ's and producers as Miles Dyson, Electrixx, Egor Boss, Aaren San, Lutzenkirchen, Dubfire, Oliver Huntemann, Andrea Doria, Alex Kenji, Alex Grani and Ellen Alien he decides writing music. First works were very unusual. Bart was interested in house, trance and techno music, but finally he stopped on the genre that inspired him – Electro Tech, a darker variation of electro house mixed with the sound of tech house. At the age of 16 then Bart started concerning in house music, he started recording mixes, which were very successful and in September 2007 he started his DJ carrier. In September 2007 he also signed a contract with the italian record label “Kroton Sound”, which released Bart Lectro’s debut track “Fuck Me” with remixes from Franz Costa, Arno F and Mario Mayer’s. A month later Bart signs another contract with South African media group “Grooved Music”, including 12 labels. Second Bart's release “Extazy”, released on label “Second Session”, week after releasing was 1st at www.beatsdigital.com chart. In January 2008 Bart Lectro started recording his debut album called “Suicide Machine”. In June 2008 Bart was offered to become the resident of Argentinian record label "Trident Music", and he accepted the offer. In July 2008 Bart signed a contract with big German label "Plasmapool", most selling label by www.trackitdown.net, who's boss is Miles Dyson himself, and became the youngest label artist. "Plasmapool" is a label of famous producers as Miles Dyson, Electrixx, Microdizko, Superstrobe, Aaren San, Ampere and many others. After signing the contract with "Plasmapool" his musical style changes: it turns to dark techno and minimal side.

Releases:

The Minimum - Pig Mafias (Bart Lectro Remix) [Attary Records]
Bart Lectro - Quarantine [Plasmapool]
Romanthronics - Itsy Bitsy (Bart Lectro Remix) [Trident Music]
Bart Lectro - Evil Twin [Plasmapool]
Romanthronics - Take Control (Bart Lectro Remix) [Trident Music]
Bart Lectro - Reactivated [Trident Music]
Martin Stork - My Pleasure (Bart Lectro Remix) [Grooved Music]
Bart Lectro - Extra E [Plasmapool]
Martin Stork - Second Lesson (Bart Lectro Remix) [Trident Music]
Bart Lectro - Biotech [Grooved Music]
Bart Lectro - Fuck Me [Kroton Sound]
DJB9 - Heavy Metal Techno Hippy (Bart Lectro Remix) [Grooved Music]
Bart Lectro - Whip Game [Second Session]

Links:
Bart Lectro @ MySpace
www.myspace.com/bartlectro

Plasmapool
www.plasmapool.com

Grooved Music
www.groovedmusic.com

Kroton Sound
www.krotonsoundrecording.com

Contacts:
E-Mail: bartlectro@hotmail.com
MSN: bartlectro@hotmail.com
Skype: bartlectro
ICQ: 245292660

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  •  
    Electro Shaker  16 August 2012 14:34 #
    Geri kurinukai.Jei gali mestelk atgal +PR.su fl studio kuri?
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    Mark D (MinimalNarkotic)  10 May 2011 14:35 #
    Yo! держи +
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    KATЯRED  9 February 2010 22:24 #
    HEY DJ КАЙФ RULISH
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    Jammin DJ a.k.a. Darth Fader  15 December 2009 18:23 #
    PROMODJ РУЛИТ
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    DJ Doronin  27 July 2009 10:15 #
    Привет! Новый ремикс на классику хаус музыки!

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    Dj-kissa  12 July 2009 2:55 #
    HEY DJ прослушала твои записи.. +++ и в друзья RULISH PROMODJ РУЛИТ
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    Sasha.ico  19 June 2009 16:18 #
    Мне очень понравилось! За хорошее творчество и не жалко плюса и пиара материала! Лови все вместе!

    Вот и мое детище, хотел бы им поделиться с тобой:

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    DJ Doronin  14 June 2009 21:00 #
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    DJ Doronin  14 June 2009 21:00 #
    Привет! Заходи ко мне, новый микс оценить , твоего комента явно не хватает. На этот раз я не использовал твоих треков, но это же не принципиально)))
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    z i f r a  17 March 2009 14:22 #
    Опа, буду первым) Поздравляю с Топ100 Битпорта. Lazy Rich поднял твой Quarantine и стремительно поднимается вверх. Пока я писал он поднялся ещё на позиций двадцать..Ух жара..
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    Plasticine Rulers  16 February 2009 18:35 #
    +))))))
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    DJ LAXY  13 January 2009 15:47 #
    HEY DJ
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    VADIM CARGO  22 December 2008 18:14 #
    Привет...)))+ к творчеству с наступающим новым годом
    заходи в гости... буду рад коментам и + мне важен каждый голос,)
    http://djvadimcargo.pdj.ru/rem …
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    DJ Doronin  30 November 2008 23:28 #
    Поздравляю тебя с отличным релизом! Не удержался и вставил твой трек в новый микс - слушай)))
    Bart Lectro - Robot Y [Plasma.Digital]

    http://djdoronin.pdj.ru/promos …
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    Dj babyS  21 November 2008 1:25 #
    Minimal techno КРУТО КРУТО
    Треки Рельно Крутые!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RULISH
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    VADIM CARGO  8 November 2008 20:34 #
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    DJ PRUCHKOVSKY aka Two Killers  29 October 2008 13:50 #
    привет! послушал твои миксы очень понравилось молодец!!! В проморанк тебе+++! жду взаимного голосования
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    dukow  28 October 2008 14:58 #
    WAZZAA!
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    prodavatel  25 October 2008 10:36 #
    minimal rylezzz)+ za tvor4estvo))
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    Dj Boris D1AMOND  23 October 2008 17:10 #
    ++ за творчество!
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    Daniil Sotnikov (JET_FRASH)  18 October 2008 20:13 #
    Есть новый минимэл НАЗЫВАЕТСЯ july
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    Daniil Sotnikov (JET_FRASH)  17 October 2008 20:01 #
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      Bart Lectro  23 October 2008 18:45 #
      Otlichnoe zvuchanije
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    DMC Romanov  11 October 2008 21:55 #
    RULISH RULISH RULISH
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    Daniil Sotnikov (JET_FRASH)  8 October 2008 20:30 #
    ПРИВЕТ!!! Оцени новенькое!!!!!
    http://daniilsotnikov.promodj. …
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    VADIM CARGO  5 October 2008 21:41 #
    Прэвет.+ заходи в гости
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    DJ Doronin  30 September 2008 19:11 #
    Привет! Приятно познакомится. Отличные работы!
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    Daniil Sotnikov (JET_FRASH)  28 September 2008 20:41 #
    ПРИВЕТ КАК САМ?? КАК ТВОРЧЕТВО? Зацени новьё!!
    http://daniilsotnikov.promodj. …
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    GhostHell  28 September 2008 16:47 #
    спасибо))))))
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    Plasticine Rulers  28 September 2008 9:21 #
    Спасибки!
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    Daniil Sotnikov (JET_FRASH)  9 September 2008 10:19 #
    Забыл ЛОВИ +1 и в друзья!!!!!!!!
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