Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The role of techno in our lives

It's no secret that I love techno and really any electronica music in general, but I have often had trouble explaining to non-believers exactly why it is, to quote my brother, "so money."

That is to say, I had trouble explaining why until last night. That's when I had the realization that if classical music is the Thinking Man's music, then techno is the Thinking Man Who Also Wants To Party's music. The beautiful thing about classical music is that it is sort of in the background, leaving you able to think your own thoughts and generally do your own thing while it is on. Techno, for much of the song, functions in the same way, allowing you to think on your own while it chimes away in the background. But while much classical music is always in this prepubescent state, techno merely begins as such, as a prelude to something bigger, to something greater.

And when it finally reaches the zenith, the breakdown, all you can think about doing is having a party. You've been tricked into relaxing during the beginning of the song, making the moment when it changes that much more palpable.

So, I guess what I'm saying is that you don't have to listen to or appreciate techno. If you enjoy just thinking, you should probably listen to less obtrusive music, and if all you ever want to do is party, then there's probably music for you too. But if you, like me, enjoy both thinking and partying, then turn the radio station to 92.7 the next time you're driving around. Just be careful not to swerve into oncoming lanes once you get the urge to dance.