Berlin’s Gift #5 – Electronic Music

Unz, unz, unz! Just like the Döner, you either love or hate electronic music. Never the less electronic music and especially music are a very German thing and lots of it was developed in Berlin.

Starting in the mid 70’s, electronic music became incredibly popular in Germany (and people dressed pretty ridiculous also – got any pictures Tom? ;-)). The booming started with a Japanese band called , which sparked a overall development in electronic music which later led on to Techno.

During the 90’s Techno also grew in , but Berlin’s music scene and especially Tresor Club are said to be the most influencial for its development.

Before I moved to Berlin, I had never been in touch with any of this goodness. Since 2001, it all changed.

Today, Berlin is full of electronic music. Maybe more than anything else – at least if you ditch pop discotheques and count good clubs only. There’s ambient, drum and bass, house music, all different kinds of Techno, electronica and varients such as electro clash, krautrock, synthpop and so much more. Whatever floats your boat, you’ll find it here.

Some more well-known examples for Germany’s take on electronic music are Techno legend (see the ), Berlin-based electro clash pro of Gigolo Records, (Berlin), (Frankfurt) and many others.

Last but not least most of us know of this huge happening commercialized party called (Dr. Motte, are you reading?) which takes place every year – or so. Featuring a lot of electronic music and crazy people from all over the world.

Dominic adds that I should plug those guys – Tyskerhar. Another example for Berlin’s diverse taste in electronic music. Then there are the good guys of bloghain who DJ and play electronic music. And so on.

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7 Comments so far

  1. sattva (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 10:51 am

    interesting selective history of techno.

  2. baliad (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

    sorry, but Techno music started in Detroit, Michigan USA… check your facts!

  3. till (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

    Nah… I gave Detroit credit, but it did not come from there. ;)

  4. sattva (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

    even the german version of wikipedia is more accurate than this: During the 90’s Techno also grew in Detroit…

  5. Martin (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

    Sven Väth is from Frankfurt/Main (the other German techno capital), he appears in Berlin only very infrequently (once a year, maybe). Hell is from Munich, yes he does have an apartment in Berlin, as most successful DJs do. If you want to mention some techno DJs with deeper Berlin connections you should name Westbam, Tanith, Woody or Mijk van Dijk.

  6. Blairb (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    Are you kidding me? Where did you get your information from? a crackhead on the streets of Berlin? Here are the real facts about the history of Techno!!!!! Next time before you post some B.S. on your Blog, do some research first, so you don’t look like an idiot!!!!

    So here are the real facts…

    Any questions?

  7. tom (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 4:51 pm

    Hey people! ;-)

    The entry is primarily about electronic music, and even though Techno music might have started in Detroit, the music scene in Berlin really had been one of the most influencials for Techno.

    As for Hell. He got a label in Berlin, and he lives here. Even though he is from Munich, he’s in Berlin now.


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