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#77 Techno

Posted June 3rd, 2008 by Peter · 15 Comments

We’ve received a great deal of responses from SAPL readers concerning last week’s open topic: Asians and Techno. I have taken the liberty of compiling your well-thought out responses and adding the tasty writing style that has made SAPL so popular into a juicy article. Here goes:

Asians-Techno… Techno-Asians… They both sound the same to many. However, this Detroit invention, rather, innovation, wasn’t as popular in Asia until the late 1980s to 1990, when globalization of American culture became rampant. This was a time that the French could watch Michael Jordan and his Bulls… A time when Michael Jackson and Queen became cultural and global phenomenons… A time when music became not only a means of escaping from the noisy city sounds, but a way to escape from the world as a whole. While Techno may not have been an Asian invention, Asians have definitely taken it to new heights.

How have asians run away with the EDM (or electronic dance movement)? Let’s review some of SAPL’s predefined asian norms: High computer IQ and tech savvy, great musical sense, low dancing ability, and a ravenous appetite to make bank. Due to an Asian’s ability to easily grasp computers and technology, they have accepted techno, which is for the most part computer generated, as an integral part of their lives. This is due in part to the price for technology (manufactured by Asian countries) like the Roland TR-808, which has become inexpensive and easily accessible in the last 20 years (for obvious reasons).

Also remember that Asians are great with beat and rhythm because of their countless hours spent sitting at Piano practice staring at metronomes. Asians do love their DDR, and they did invent Guitar Hero. Add the fact that Asians have an extremely hard time dancing or singing (William Hung comes to mind). Last but not least, add a pinch of entrepreneurship, which derives the formula for Asian Techno Affinity.


jk… but it’d be cool to have a formula =).

Even though there isn’t a clear cut formula, ATA is why Asians are nearly always behind the turntables at Dance Clubs. It’s why they can look at turntables and pick up how use them in about 5 minutes. (When they’re 7 years old.) It assures Asians that they can make money simply by buying abandoned dance clubs and giving them Asian names like ” The Lucky Dragon” and “Asia By Night.” It’s the perfect way for Asians to express their talents and make money doing so.

While not all Asians love Techno, a great majority do. Techno has opened the door to new opportunities, allowing asians to create new music and be in total control when doing so. Try doing that in communist countries. Check this out:

“There is a certain sense of detachment that occasionally comes with encountering new technologies, but techno reminds us that humans control the machines, and electronics can be used to express funk and soul. Techno is as much a philosophy as a genre. It’s about Postmodern sampling and pushing the boundaries of technology. Techno fills the space between humans and their computer monitors.”

In effect, Techno has also helped bridge a gap between Asians and their computers, bringing them one step closer to having robot wives and Nintendo DS children. Techno makes people look past the fact that Asians are vocally and kinesthetically un-inclined. It reinforces the facts that Asians are technologically and musically adept. Asians love the economic opportunities and can’t resist cheaper electronics like the newer electronic music production technology. Whatever the case, all these reasons and more comprise why Asians love Techno.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick J // Jun 4, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I do think that Asians are more prone to techno that most other races.
    I’ve only seen one Asian DJ at a party or rave though through 4 years, maybe due to location = Phx. …Same reason I’ve probably never seen an Asian named club. I’m assuming this site is based outta Cali.

    I love EDM, but my personal opinion is that techno by orientals is some of the lamest.

  • 2 Snobby // Jun 5, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    I’ve read most of your posts on this blog, and they’re entertaining, witty, informative, insightful, etc., but there’s a BIG elephant in the room and you’re tip-toeing around it, and that’s namely – people’s perceptions of Asian drivers.

  • 3 Peter // Jun 6, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks, snob


  • 4 DurrDurr // Jun 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    @Snobby…The name of the site is “Stuff Asian People Like.” Why would asian people *like* being perceived as bad drivers?

  • 5 Kevin // Jul 21, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hmm, I can agree that Oriental people like techno, although I am not so sure about the production and mixing of it. Ken Ishi is about the only name that comes to mind. I think Detroiters and Germans have the techno on lock down. My knowledge of the trance genre is far frm current though so you may have that scene on lock down.

  • 6 Marisa // Aug 6, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Err, techno, as in those crappy pop song mixes?
    Sure hope not.

    Ditto with Kevin. Europe is the mainland for (good quality) electronic music. Asia has great DJs of course, but perhaps *Asians* are more into the scene. And some other stuffs.

  • 7 joon // Sep 6, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    hmmmm, as someone who actually has a clue as to what techno means, I strongly doubt asians are truely into techno.

    First off, one factor that shows asians aren’t much into EDM is that even though they say they like it, they cant differentiate from the completely different subgenres of EDM. What asians usually discern as techno is probably some cheap commercial version of trance.
    Many asians can probably agree that they like Armin van buuren, tiesto, and paul van dyk which isnt techno is any sense but trance

    When you say asians are into Electronic Dance Music (EDM) you probably mean one of these: Europop (dj sammy, cascada), trance (armin van buuren, tiesto, van Dyk), house (pryda, jerome isma-ae, deadmau5), electro (justice, stanton warriors)
    I really doubt any asians actually like Real Techno or any of the other subgenres.

    I sometimes do work selecting EDM tracks for small parties/gatherings consisting of a lot of asian people, and they actually prefer trance to any other type. Real techno or even electro and house bore them to death. As stated above, real EDM lives in europe, not in asia. Asians dont usually know much about EDM except accessible trance of tiesto and armin van buuren.

    Which brings brings me to my last point: I think asians are more into the rave culture not because of its music, but because of the social/recreational aspect of a rave. Out of all my asian friends that went to EDC (a massive California rave), NONE of them knew anything about the artists preforming there. In my humble opinion, they were just there for the experience, not the music as you claim.

    To actually have decent music/artist conversations, I had to chill with the non-asians (ghasp!) who actually appreciated the music and knew anything technical about it. I actually meat one guy who traveled here all the way from amsterdam and we got into a good talk about the music culture and everything. I mean, all the front liners to the gig were all major european djs and all, not a great chance any asians would be big on them. Even after the rave, only the nonasians actually talked of the event as a musical performance, rather than recreation of various things..

    I just think this article goes a bit too overboard on the “techno-love” of asians, you probably mean the DDR-mutilated euro pop. And if they are into the scene, they are probably into it for reasons other than solely just the music?

  • 8 D&B // Dec 14, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    I agree with joon. Russians and other Europeans are really big into electronica. Most of the good electronic music production is coming from England now days. Although I think its picking up a little in the states. Also many of the classic synths used like the 303, 808, all the Roland and others were created in Japan. So they have an affinity for that reason. Even more so hip hop and hip hop dance is becoming HUGE especially in Korea. So there is an overlap there. Also DJ Krush is amazing.

  • 9 Anonymous // Dec 23, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    tr-808s are more expensive and hard to get than ever. The obvious reason? they were discontinued by 1984.

  • 10 Danny // Jun 11, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve been into the electronica music scene since i was 12, late 90′s early 2000′s. i’ve been listening to it ever since. I know all the genre’s of it and the sub genre’s. Something about the music that just clicked into my head.

  • 11 the answer is obvious // Nov 6, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    We asians love techno music because it sounds JUST LIKE the final boss music from our favorite RPG!

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    Joon is absolutely positively unbelievably 120% correct.

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