Random Readings: House and Techno Music

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Random Readings is a series of assorted web content assignments originally authored for and previously published on now-defunct websites. These pieces were additionally republished a second time with an added first-person introduction in hopes of making them interesting. The subjects are varied and (duh) random. While your randy writer has been previously paid for his artistic efforts, as anyone on this website must admit, it’s nice to have one’s writing read. Hence, this series.

House and Techno Music: Popular Choices

House and techno music are two largely electronic-based music genres that have gained popularity over the years. Many dance clubs play almost nothing but house and techno. While a lot of music in these genres may be forever lost in obscurity there are several examples of house and techno music that are immensely popular outside the clubs. According to online sources, top albums here include the following:

Selected Ambient Works 85-92

This is Aphex Twin’s debut disc. Aphex Twin is the stage name for electronic musician Richard D. James. It was released in Belgium in 1992 and more widely the next year. Considered to be a landmark album in the genres of ambient techno, electronica, and intelligent dance music. It has also been praised as one of the pioneering platters in modern electronic music and early IDM.

Music Has the Right to Children

Another top choice is Music Has the Right to Children. This is the premiere platter of the Scottish electronic music duo known as Boards of Canada, This distinctive record dropped in the UK and US in 1998. It is credited for inspiring a number of subsequent electronic artists.

Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?

Finally, there is The Soft Pink Truth’s release Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? The Soft Pink Truth, otherwise known as Baltimore, Maryland’s Drew Daniel, is one of a pair of artists known collectively as Matmos. Due to plant closures, the physical release has been postponed to July 17th.

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