Find the word definition

Crossword clues for techno

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Great gay nights and top techno tunes.
▪ Inner City are the visible, commercial tip of Detroit's techno iceberg.
▪ More than that you can't ask of a techno record.
▪ Now techno has taken over the city.
▪ One arch for full-on house and techno and the other for the chill-out.
▪ We've got that techno album of yours and we play it all the time.
▪ You get the feeling they'd respond to some headbanging techno.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Techno \Tech"no\, n. a form of music primarily created by computer sound synthizers rather than by musicians playing instruments.


n. A style of music characterized by repetitive instrumental music produced for use in a continuous DJ set. The central rhythmic component is most often in common time (4/4), where time is marked with a bass drum on each quarter note pulse, a backbeat played by snare or clap on the second and fourth pulses of the bar, and an open hi-hat sounding every second eighth note.


Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States during the mid-to-late 1980s. The first recorded use of the word techno in reference to a specific genre of music was in 1988. Many styles of techno now exist, but Detroit techno is seen as the foundation upon which a number of subgenres have been built.

In Detroit, techno resulted from the melding of African American music including Chicago house, funk, electro, and electric jazz with electronic music by artists such as Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, and Yellow Magic Orchestra. Added to this is the influence of futuristic and fictional themes relevant to life in American late capitalist society, with Alvin Toffler's book The Third Wave being a notable point of reference. Pioneering producer Juan Atkins cites Toffler's phrase "techno rebels" as inspiring him to use the word techno to describe the musical style he helped to create. This unique blend of influences aligns techno with the aesthetic referred to as afrofuturism. To producers such as Derrick May, the transference of spirit from the body to the machine is often a central preoccupation; essentially an expression of technological spirituality. In this manner: "techno dance music defeats what Adorno saw as the alienating effect of mechanisation on the modern consciousness".

Stylistically, techno is generally repetitive instrumental music, oftentimes produced for use in a continuous DJ set. The central rhythmic component is most often in common time (4/4), where time is marked with a bass drum on each quarter note pulse, a backbeat played by snare or clap on the second and fourth pulses of the bar, and an open hi-hat sounding every second eighth note. The tempo tends to vary between approximately 120 to 150 beats per minute (bpm), depending on the style of techno. The creative use of music production technology, such as drum machines, synthesizers, and digital audio workstations, is viewed as an important aspect of the music's aesthetic. Many producers use retro electronic musical devices to create what they consider to be an authentic techno sound. Drum machines from the 1980s such as Roland's TR-808 and TR-909 are highly prized, and software emulations of such retro technology are popular among techno producers.

Music journalists and fans of techno are generally selective in their use of the term; so a clear distinction can be made between sometimes related but often qualitatively different styles, such as tech house and trance.

Usage examples of "techno".

So Cleon was dead, caught by the Cyclan, interrogated, disposed of and his borrowed clothing sent to Ruen as evidence that the man they wanted had to be on Technos.

The Techno director of the Yards was Ord Syers, perhaps one of the worst men ever to have held that post.

The disturbing part of it all was that, despite all the protestations, they were merely speculating: the two Technos and the dead Syers had spoken in identical tones.

Although motor vehicles were now quite common in and about the Yards, Marlet and many other Technos still preferred the horse-drawn camages that Trebbly and his contemporaries had used.

However, one can learn nothing of any successes that Marlet might have encountered at the Armories, for when he left the Techno riverboat at Kelph and boarded a coach for his new post, he vanished from human chronicles entirely.

Atomium sphere -- not surprising, there must be thirty people milling around up here, not counting the waitrons -- and several local multicast channels are playing a variety of styles of music to synchronize the mood swings of the revelers to hardcore techno, waltz, raga.

But while all of us out there are breaking our collective backs just so our sons may see a better world, the Technos divert a portion of the prodticts and rechannel it back into the country itself.

Over to the north and east, among the foothills of the mountains that ringed the Yards and separated them from the Barrens, the houses of the Technos -- as the technical elite were now called by the People -- were being built, looking down from their rugged heights upon the vast ship that was taking shape under their direction.

Toby and Flynn had grown used to recording sudden death in close-up on the battlefields of Technos III, but nothing there had prepared them for this.

Techno class, thus defeating the aim of instillation of a sense of veneration in the People for members of the aforementioned class.

But it also evades -- or defuses -- the relentless erotic pulse of mutant dance forms like disco, techno, and rave.

Technos were waking up by the dozens, spraying feverish clouds of emotion, and the Agros too reached a peak of excitement.

Heat and thumping techno ballooned out at them as the door opened and the knuckle-dragger on the ticket stand stepped back to allow them entry.

They stood down at the end of the ways where the slipway ran into the quiet Sea and talked of dreams much like the Technos had: the man spoke of the Ship for he was a pipefitter and exceedingly proud of his work.

Most of Kevin's play list was disco, techno, fusion, dance-club, hip-hop and rap, all of which Erin detested.