Industrial techno

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Industrial techno is a subgenre of techno and industrial dance music that originated in the 1990s.[1] Characteristically, it incorporates influences from the bleak, noisy sound and aesthetics of early industrial music acts, particularly Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle.[2][1] American industrial music label Wax Trax! also had a profound influence over the genre's development.[3]

Some of the earliest musical projects in the genre include the band Final Cut, formed by Jeff Mills and Anthony Srock in the late 1980s.[4][5] Their 1989 debut industrial-techno album[6] Deep into the Cut was described by The Wire as "a significant moment in the convergence of the classic industrial aesthetic and the emerging sound of Detroit techno".[4]

The genre has seen a resurgence in the 2010s,[1][2] spearheaded by acts such as Adam X, Orphx, and Ancient Methods, and others later like Blawan and Karenn. Other artists associated with industrial techno include Cut Hands,[1] Helena Hauff,[7] Forward Strategy Group,[1] Surgeon,[2] Michael Forshaw,[8] Jeff Mills, Regis, Dominick Fernow and Mike Banks.[9] Perc Trax record label has been credited with the revival of the genre in the UK, with artists such as Perc, Truss, Hppa and Ansome.[1] Some revival artists have subsequently been criticized for making the new music in the genre that "sounds old, that it's overly indebted to a sound invented and thoroughly exhausted in the '90s",[2] but despite this, innovation derived from the post-dubstep and garage scene have been highlighted.[2] As a result, it has gained a significant fanbase from the post-dubstep audience.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Turner, Luke (8 June 2012). "The new wave of British industrial techno … and you can dance to it". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Finlayson, Angus (13 February 2013). "The industrial techno revolution". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ Lien, James (January 1995). "Various artists - Blackbox". CMJ (17): 44.
  4. ^ a b "Stream Jeff Mills And Anthony Srock's 1989 Industrial Techno Album". Telekom Electronic Beats. 2016-02-17. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  5. ^ Cardew, Ben (2022-04-14). "How Jeff Mills' 'Waveform Vol. 1' started a new era of techno". Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  6. ^ Lobenfeld, Claire (2016-02-16). "Listen to early Jeff Mills project Final Cut's 1989 debut". Fact Magazine. Retrieved 2023-09-14.
  7. ^ Carroll, Jim (18 September 2015). "Helena Hauff: Discreet Desires". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  8. ^ Muggs, Joe (19 February 2014). "There Is No "Revival", Industrial Techno Has Always Been Banging Party Music". Vice. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  9. ^ Collins, Nick; Schedel, Margaret; Wilson, Scott (2013). Electronic Music. Cambridge University. p. 108. ISBN 978-1107244542.