Why HOUSE music is NOT TECHNO music

The birth of Techno music is often attributed to an isolated DJ in the slums of Detroit while it’s counter-part, “house music” is attributed to an isolated DJ in the clubs of Chicago. Both alleged movements describe their music as the definitive origin of modern Electronic Dance Music. These distinctions are often very divisive among aficionados of electronic music. However to divorce both techno and house from the origins of Hip-Hop is doing a disservice to the pioneers of the techniques that would evolve into the diverse strands of EDM music techno-nerds constantly fighter with each other over on the interwebs to this day.

This is an analysis of the evolution of the terms as they relate to the styles of music we have today. This is all from the perspective of a lonely DJ whose understanding comes from the studying of the roots of the movements, independent of any agenda, or even more importantly, ties to a movement.

The claims go as such. Someone in Detroit was mixing disco records with electro records and developed this into the musical style techno-nerds will call “techno” music. The so-called attributes of the music are singled out as they are defined solely by how closely they resemble the benefactor with no regard to the reality of the techniques being developed for nearly a decade previously by DJ’s in the Bronx, Southern L.A. as with elsewhere. The so-called purists make every attempt to white-wash Techno music by making the claims it strictly evolved out of the ashes of the discothèques from the late 70’s who’s audience had moved on.

The addendum to this alternate reality account of the rise of the dance music disregard the techno moniker entirely, going out of their way to stringently insist it only applies to a very narrow, very precise set of rules determined arbitrarily by the followers of a cult-like DJ who they credit with creating, what they refer to as ‘house’ music, which bears a striking resemblance to the music the uninitiated refer to as ‘techno’, which they deem either unworthy or inferior to their beloved house term. Both sides equally ignore the development of the music Hip-Hop DJ’s were doing elsewhere, while simultaneously accrediting, incorrectly, developments to DJ’s who severe ties with the urban roots of Hip-Hop. This is not to say the author himself believes white washing is inherently a sin. However, in the context of the evolution of electronic music, it is a disservice to blatantly neglect the work of the ghetto disc jockeys and their obnoxious rhyming emcees who popularized the music being created by mixing records on turntables. This, in fact, requires a serious bending over backwards on the logic of those holding to the false narrative.

Thus it is now THE RAT, who shall bear witness the truth of the birth of electronic music, henceforth correctly identified as Techno for all purposes. Partially based on the erroneous neglecting of the connection to Hip-Hop music the cult followers of the Detroit/Chicago narrative stubbornly adhere to. Also partially birthed in the fact that words actually matter but only in that they are defined. Consider this. Rock N Roll music is the bas moniker for Hard Rock, Punk Rock, Heavy Metal and Speed Metal. Yet, none in the rock community disregard the black roots of their music. The undeniable reality is Rhythm And Blues, born out of the same ghettos that would give rise to rock n roll, bears little sonic resemblance to modern rock n roll to the uninitiated. Still, those who can rightly follow the path from blues to rock to metal ought to also be able to follow the same path from R&B, to funk/disco to Hip-Hop/Techno. It’s not exactly rocket science. Of course ignore the obvious auditory similarities still requires one to disregard the science of linear time. That is, Chicago House and Detroit Techno could not exist in a vacuum with no ties to the developments of electronic music taking place in the Hip-Hop community. Rather it allows certain individuals to disconnect their beloved ‘European-based’ music from the taint of American urbanism. That is to say, a narrative that proclaims techno or even house, began in the white suburbs of the Midwest completely ignores the existence of the disc jockeys mixing disco and funk records into what would become colloquially as rap music.

Disco music itself was a white-washing of the funk music being produced. There are two different paths which interconnect, dissect and reconvene throughout. The short version is this. Funk was stripped of its hook and verse, reduced to the simple break, then mixed with another break, layered upon with scratches, 808 drum beats and other elements to become Hip-Hop music, one of the four elements of the Hip-hop culture.

Disco music began winding down in the cities as rock n  roll was making a resurgence. Clubs and radio waves were cluttered with New Wave bands and imitators who were mixing pop, rock and electronic music to form the basis of the synth pop that dominated the decade. Eventually disco was also stripped in a similar fashion and also layered as funk was being turned into Hip-Hop, disco underwent the same process becoming what those who are not afraid of the cult followers simply call techno. Techno music became an offensive term as it was entered into the lexicon and became short-hand for all electronic produced music. Thus in retaliation the cult followers began impressing upon society an effort to restrict the usage of the term until such time as nothing left could be classified as “techno”, they were so offended by the utterance of the word they not only cringe upon hearing it they shift into belligerent attack mode in an effort to contort history to belittle the pour soul who elected to mistakenly use the word they fear so much. Thus the re-writing of history ensues in an on-going barrage of misinformation used to scare people into accidentally using the wrong term. Coupled with a culture born from being as Politically Correct as humanly possible and this fear of words limits their ability to express themselves without accidentally offending those who adhere to the cult.

This is the truth. Electronic music created using the same methods as Hip-Hop, be it old school turntables with mixers and the like, or combined with synthesizers or even created using loops, if it is in fact electronic and is produced in the same manner at all, as in NOT by playing of actual instruments to create new, original compositions, it is in fact Techno. House music does not exist in the mind of this technophile. It is a make believe term retroactively applied, falsely to a genre of music whose very existence has been under attack by the cult of a single DJ from Chicago.

All of this can be proven by listening to a handful of Hip-Hop acts Break Dancers cling to, mostly who fall under the banner of Electronic Funk (a cousin of Hip-Hop) which is what the cult of house followers will point to, falsely, as what they call ‘Techno’. If one listens to Soul Sonic Force “Planet Rock” and calls that ‘techno’ then listens to TECHNOtronic and calls that house, dismiss their unsound logic and believe the truth, Techno is what they cult of house refuse to utter for some weird hang up. Techno Syndrome is not even correctly label a “techno” song on wikipedia because the cult of house are hard at work scrubbing all references to the word, even when used itself by those making the music. They adhere to a false doctrine perpetuated by a lie to hold up their weird, twisted belief that some disco DJ sitting in Chicago was somehow insightful enough to create his own style of music with absolutely NO prior knowledge of what was already being done elsewhere in the country at a time when radios and MTV were prevalent. Let the haters bring their wrath upon the one delivering the truth. Stay cool friend.

–THE RAT

The Dark Web Podcast 36 Marvel Movies every single one

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This is it a return to form. I have two big topics and a very special guest interview this week.

First up I finally dig in and discuss my thoughts on each and every single one of the Marvel movies I have seen and brush over the handful I haven’t seen.

I am not just discussing the Marvel Studios/Disney produced MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe (films) no sir you’re going to get more than that out of me. This episode I start at the begining with the first X-Men film and go through each and ever single Marvel movie I have seen with brief reasons on why I haven’t seen the ones I haven’t.

I explain why I didn’t start with Blade, mostly for 2 reasons 1, I have never seen any of them and 2, they’re more like vampire movies. (also I tend to skip the lesser known movies and Blade was fairly unknown at that time)

After I go through all of them I get into a deep look at my relationship with the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and why those movies are so important to me.

Marvel movies I discuss (those featuring Marvel characters)

Blade Trilogy (verdict, never seen them burned on on Buffy at the time)

X-Men franchise (X-Men, X2, The Last Stand, First Class, Apocalypse, Days of Future Past)

Fantastic Four movies (original and Silver Surver, never seen the remake not interested)

Spider-Man trilogy (big fan defend each movie with most criticism thrown at 3)

Daredevil/Elekctra (I loved one hated the other)

Hulk/Incredible Hulk (seen one but not the other)

Punisher duo (possibly controversial opinion)

Ghost Rider movies (not a fan, not seen no interest)

Wolverine movies (seen 2 of the three, find out which ones and which one I despise the most)

Deadpool (haven’t seen, not because of lack of interest just not gotten around to it yet)

Iron Man Trilogy (I liked one, disliked one, thought one was a complete waste of time/money)

Captain America (I’m going to stir the fanboys but I really dislike this character so much)

Thor (Seen 2 of the three liked one disliked one no interest in the other one)

Blackpanther (no interest in seeing this read the graphic novel not a fan)

Ant Man films (no interest in seeing either of these don’t care for third tier characters)

Avengers (Loved the two our of three I have seen still waiting to see the 3rd)

Guardians of the Galaxy (loved these movies almost as much maybe more than recent Star Wars movies)

Amazing Spiderman/Homecomng (I’ve seen 4 of the 7 Spider-Man films, explain why I’ve had enough)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

It all started at a very young age. As a Dungeons and Dragons enthusiast I watched my first D&D fantasy inspired quest on film in the form of the Dream Warrios. This fantasy/horror movie about a group of teenagers fighting a powerful monster in a fantasy world using their super powers (Elfen Mage, Barbarian Fighter, Rogue Punk Rocker, acrobatic Psychic , sage-like mentor, muted monk, Bard and the craftsman) all trapped in the dungeon hoping to survive their life or death quest.

I then continue my show with a pre-recorded interview I did a few weeks ago with a film maker named Kyle Hester https://twitter.com/KyleDHester who discusses his new project, Preacher Six.

 

I end the show with a Week 4 recap/summary of the events on Big Brother 20. Spoilers, the hippie got sent packing.

 

This was a little longer than a typical episode. I hope this makes up for cancelling the Daily Show. Thanks for listening, please subscribe and I will be back next week.

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The Dark Web Daily Show- Wednesday July 4, 2018 INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Enjoy, patriots. In this episode I return to a more traditional format. I am going to shorten the weekday episodes to around 45 minutes and give up on the boring FCC bullshit. I’m doing a podcast not a radio show so fuck it right?

Music topic is the band U2. I talk about how I discovered their music and what it means to me. Since it’s Independence Day I talked about a patriotic movie I remebered going to the theater with my parents to see. Michael Bay’s WWII blockbuster Pearl Harbor. The video game memories topic was Contra for the N.E.S. (En Ee Es not nes) I also rant about the younguns on the internet who called it the ness. I hate that it sounds so disgusting in my throat.

I also ditch the news format and get back to a strictly opinionated show. I do plan on tackling some political topics now that I am unchained. The political landscape in the U.S. is unhinged so I might as well take the muzzle off and join the crowd. Expect more angry rants than ever before. The show is called The Dark Web afterall, expect a seedier show from now on. Thanks for listening and those who are easiliy offended please fuck off and listen to NPR.

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The Dark Web Daily Show- Tuesday July 3- Jim Carrey in Sonic movie, FunkoPop cereal, R Rated Star Trek and more

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Hello friends welcome to your Tuesday episode of The Dark Web Daily Show. This is going to be the LAST episode in the current format. Starting tomorrow I am mixing things up.

Topics today include Jim Carrey gunning for the role of Dr. Robotnick (Eggman) in te upcoming live-action Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Quintin Tarintino is working on an R-rated Star Trek film with the current cast and timeline. Star Trek TNG is maybe making a return.

Also up for discussion is the Funko Pop cereal.

Music topic is the Columbia House CD club and how it lead me to discover Bryan Adams So Far So Good.

The movie memories for today is Bad Boys, the entry point for Michael Bay blockbusters.

Videogame memories were Super Mario 64.

This is the last episode in the current format. Starting tomorrow I will be introducing the all new format.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to hear what’s  changing. Here is a hint, I’m ditching the FFC restrictive radio format. Other changes are ensuing but THE RAT will be taking the leash off and getting back on track.

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The Dark Web Daily Show- Monday July 2, 2018: Topics include Lebron James, Netflix growing, talent scouts seeking esports and more

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Alright everyone welcome to your Monday episode of The Dark Web Daily Show. Today’s exciting episode marks a first for the show. We now have a sponsor. Thanks you Yoga With Stacy for her contribution to the show.

This Monday episode contains musings on Lebron James heading to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. More Big Brother 20 analysis as well as taking a look at the future of Netflix and a major sports talent network branching into eSports.

Movie memories focus on a cult favorite, Invaders From Mars, the Canon Films remake of the sci-fi classic. Music topic is Butterfly by Mariah Carrey. And fo course today’s video game memories revolve around the arcade hit Q*Bert. All this and more in your Monday, July 2, 2018 episode of The Dark Web Daily Show. Enjoy.

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Best 80’s Trucker movie?

Here is the contest. Which of the following three 80’s films represent the truck driver spirit best? The films are Over the Top starring Sylvester Stallone, Big Trouble in Little China starring Kurt Russell, and Maximum Overdrive starring Emilio Estevez.

Each of these three films presents a different aspect of the truck driver world. Big Trouble focuses on a loner truck driver making his way in the world. Maximum Overdrive centers on a group of survivors at a truck stop being attacked by possessed trucks. The last film, Over the Top, digs into some of the sub culture of the trucker lifestyle.

The great American road trip has been a staple in American culture ever since the beginning of time for this young nation of diverse people. Even before there were automobiles there was the famous wagon trains exploring the American frontier of years past. Also there are the lone riding cowboys who hit the dusty trails of the American wild west. All of these people have one thing in common, leaving their world behind to seek adventure on the open road.

The road trip movie is one of the most iconic sub-genres of the adventure film in American cinema, birthing such classics as Easy Rider, The Blues Brothers, Dumb & Dumber and Tommy Boy.

The truck driver culture, or truck stop culture, of the road trip is a great staple.

This is a look at three feature films each presenting a different aspect of the trucking/trucker culture. As someone who has several family members who either are, or were at one time, truckers or aspired to be truckers, this topic is one I have been holding onto for a while.

It’s going to be written in four parts. Following the reviewing of each movie with the focus on how well does it capture the trucker spirit, then a final review pulling the information from each film onto a final article deciding which of the three is the best trucker film.

This is going to be an ongoing series. It will require the re-watching and taking of notes for each film. Sit back and enjoy the sure to be bumpy ride.

The Dark Web Podcast Episode 30- Newspaper reporters/editors discussing the Capital Gazette shooting

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This is a single topic episode. Four newspaper reporters/editors discuss the recent shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland earlier in the week.

First up is your host, Richard A. Todd aka THE RAT. Previous news experience includes working in newsroom of  a TV station, staff writer for a local newspaper in Texas and currently news editor for an all digital local newspaper in northern Nevada.

Second journalist on the show and first guest is experienced newspaper writer/editor Dan Eakin. He’s worked in the newspaper industry for many decades.

Third speaker, second guest is Robert Perea, an editor of a digital newspaper in north western Nevada called The Fernley Reporter. He has over 20 years experience working for daily and community newspapers.

Finally the last guest is Austin Lewter, publisher and editor of three weekly newspapers in north central Texas.

There is just one topic for this episode, the shooting and violence in our country. Each individual offers their take on the incident, advice for journalists and some words to ponder.

It was a pleasure interviewing these three individuals. Combined experience between these four individuals is close to 70 years worth of news reporting.

Sponsors for this episode are Yoga with Stacy, The Spiders Lair and Jackpot Community News. For more information visit www.thespiderslair.com/podcast for info on current sponsors and how to become one yourself.

The Dark Web Daily Show Friday June 29- Talking about Big Brother 20, Indiana Jones 5, and GLOW season 2

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Here it is the Friday episode.

Today’s topics include Glow Season 2, Big Brother 20 analysis, talking about Indiana Jones 5, and a preview of a special interview this weekend featuring 3 different news editors to discuss the fatal shooting at a newspaper in Maryland.

Music memories today center on a rap record known for it’s impact on the East Coast vs. West Coast gangsta rap war. The movie topic today is a classic B horror movie that takes place in the Nevada dessert.

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The Dark Web Daily Show Thursday June 28 2018 Shooting at a newspaper, and Big Brother analysis

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This show strays a little from the norm. During show prep breaking news about 5 people shot and killed at a newspaper in Maryland broke becoming the primary topic.

As promised towards the end I talked a little bit about the house guests in the Big Brother 20 premier that debuted last night.

As a journalist the shooting hit a little close to home. This weekend will include a panel discussion with 3 different editors from three different news publications. That will be the entire focus of this week’s episode of The Dark Web Podcast. Be sure to tune in as the topic is sure to get these news editors talking.

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The Dark Web Daily Show- Wednesday June 27 2018 Pokemon Quest, Japan space program, and John Oliver banned in China

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Here it is your Wednesday episode of The Dark Web Daily Show. Today’s headlines include a look at the Japan space program and the asteroid they landed on. Community alumn comedian John Oliver gets HBO banned from China.

Music topics include a look back at Regulate…G Fun Era. Movie topic is cult classic Sleepaway Camp. Retro video game memories center on Atari arcade classic Missile Command.

 

It’s a slightly shorter episode due to not feeling well today.