Humans have an extremely strong urge to shape. Until very recently, words and writing have been our easiest ways to encode data, which through the knowledge of past and present were meant to guide us more intelligently into the future. But a large number of artistic creations have been lost due to storage difficulties.
Humans want to remember. But history as a database is a very incomplete story with big holes.
In the beginning through oral tradition, later through writing and painting, books, and finally through mass media, through records, CDs, CD-ROMs and databases in the Net. Are these tools changing the way our brains process data?
Words describe, are almost never exstatic in their written form or their sound. Words as language become exstatic when used in a fine-tuned way, in the form of song.
Songs are a combination of words and sounds, made by humans, dolphins, squeaking doors or the wind, etc. Songs are combined with other musical instruments to become music.
Taking the next step by only shifting from analog to digital we start speaking of Techno - any songs and sounds can be sequenced and mixed digitally by means of sampling technology. Using sampling technology, techno music was the first exstatic digital music movement, starting with House, Acid, Electronic Body Music, up to the many faces of techno like Trance, Ambient, Gabba, Intelligent, Jungle, Psychedelic, Electro, Trip-Hop and whatever is being created right now.

The cultural revolution triggered by Techno sampling turned out to be a fucking giant leap in evolution. Homerecording made the diversity of techno possible. Techno is digital, thus involunteerily becoming sampling material itself.

The Digitization in art and culture springs up like 2-day new sprouts right now.

Techno music was the startup-sequence, nothing more and nothing less.
Does this mean the death of techno and its gathering of tribes ?
Techno as a movement is not dead, but has become stagnant, because it has been destroyed by many dumb promoters and fast-forward marketing strategies. Diversity became less and less important as well as the disssolving of the ego in a group.

Cool Clubbers, formerly part of the event on the whole, have been replaced by lemminglike hordes at megaraves.

Meanwhile, while techno became more and more vain, visual artists, after the crash of their market during the eighties, were looking for new spheres of activity. Gathering of the tribes, with digitizing option, sounded good for them, too. After the heyday of postmodernism, after the quest for the ultimate atomic form - which is impossible to find in the "real" world - computers like the Amiga or Apple appeared, intriguing with an incredible amount of possible mergers of information.

Amigas 3000 and 4000 become cultfetishes like Roland 808 or 202 - like it is happening in Japan at the moment.
All these machines give the human brain the possibility to connect to much data, perhaps exstasy, reminding us of a state of being past, present and future at the same time, a state which enables us to collectively switch to a different kind of communication we call

"Icons, Morphs & Samples" after all.

The era before "anything goes" is called Techno

Next installment coming up soon!
stay Gunafa-tuned !
text, quicktake stills & artwork :Elisa Rose, May/September 1995.
english translation & soundz: Gary Danner
Hi8-videostills: Unreal/Axel Czarnecki
this text has been published full size in the book "TECHNO" edited by philipp anz + patrick walder, published by ricco bilger), in switzerland in 95.