“Besides, it gives me hope that someday techno will die and be forgotten.”

That’s a quote from my friend Jenny. It reminds me of something I thought of a while back. There were a lot of electronic based groups that became popular in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Almost all of them are gone now, the only one that I know of that is still around is Depeche Mode. I think the reason they survived is because they were the only ones to really understand all of the ramifications of that type of music. I once read, or heard (hell I might have made it up, but I don’t think so. I’ve been looking for the source of this for quite a while and can’t find it, but it sounds true) that at the end of least one of their concerts, Depeche Mode set up their sequencers and drum machines and left. The music kept playing and playing until a roady finally pulled the plug. To me, that shows an almost Zen like understanding of the nature of that music, and it’s one of the reasons they have been so successful at it for so long. Techno, in my mind has taken the next step, it is an almost soulless endeavor with little need for human touches. It features prominently in most of my purgatory dreams…

Isaac

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