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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