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0411: "Techno"

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:15 am UTC
by vodka.cobra
Image
http://www.xkcd.com/411/

Alt-text: I don't know what's worse -- that there exists broken-hard-drive-sound techno, or that it's not half bad.

I happen to like techno, and I think that DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:16 am UTC
by Linux0s
Things that make ya go hmm.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:17 am UTC
by GodShapedBullet
Sometimes I'm glad webcomics aren't that mainstream, if only so that the techno industry can stay afloat.

Because surely, it would not be able to after this comic becomes common knowledge.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:18 am UTC
by deathbybowtie
I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:19 am UTC
by Shai
deathbybowtie wrote:I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?


Ditto.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:20 am UTC
by vodka.cobra
deathbybowtie wrote:I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:21 am UTC
by GodShapedBullet
vodka.cobra wrote:
deathbybowtie wrote:I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0


I think that was the first time I was disappointed by being RickRoll'd.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:22 am UTC
by deathbybowtie
vodka.cobra wrote:
deathbybowtie wrote:I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

OH NO!!!!!!!

Well played, sir.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:22 am UTC
by sqrt(-1)<3pi
interesting, according to my time stamps this thread was opened 45minutes ago, but it wasnt here 5 minutes ago nor was the comic up. interesting


anyway, i love techno, but it gets annoying if you focus on just listening.

gdi link
little do we all know, rick is actually the beast of broken-hardrive techno, its just halfway in the song and no one ever gets there

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:23 am UTC
by vodka.cobra
GodShapedBullet wrote:
vodka.cobra wrote:
deathbybowtie wrote:I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0


I think that was the first time I was disappointed by being RickRoll'd.

Is this better?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiJ84JHOdgE

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:25 am UTC
by GCM
I totally agree. Same thing with punk like Simple Plan, just copy one song over 10 times and you have an album! Almost.

Funny thing, I didn't actually bother with the link until I heard it was a rickroll. I just love that song :D.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:26 am UTC
by GodShapedBullet
vodka.cobra wrote:
GodShapedBullet wrote:
vodka.cobra wrote:
deathbybowtie wrote:I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0


I think that was the first time I was disappointed by being RickRoll'd.

Is this better?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiJ84JHOdgE


Much better, thanks.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:29 am UTC
by x-Swamp
So true.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:30 am UTC
by ky13
I was severely dissappointed at that Rickroll. I really want to hear this stuff!!

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:31 am UTC
by benjhuey
*unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce...*

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:35 am UTC
by vodka.cobra
I apologize for the lack of grammar in the statement I am about to make, but it's completely necessary in order to satisfy the /b/tard in me:

in b4 ravers

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:38 am UTC
by Raeth
vodka.cobra wrote:
deathbybowtie wrote:I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

http://www.xkcd.com/396/

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:38 am UTC
by Steve the Pocket
This isn't the link you're looking for.

My ex-suitemate who is a huge fan of techno will probably love this strip.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:40 am UTC
by DSDM
This makes me think of this classic:
http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail45.html

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:46 am UTC
by aerojad
so. good.

and so damned right, too.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:47 am UTC
by Glenn Magus Harvey
While I generally like techno, I have to agree that it's like minimalism in pop music.

I have techno songs whose intros are, like, half the length of the song.

The buildup is fun, but I still have to agree with Strong Bad's assessment--just pile up instrument after instrument with the same rhythmic frame and you get techno. Preferably, they should be in the same key, but not necessarily.

Good comic. :)

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:52 am UTC
by nahtanoj999
Image
fix'd

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:56 am UTC
by BlueNight
Glenn Magus Harvey wrote:The buildup is fun, but I still have to agree with Strong Bad's assessment--just pile up instrument after instrument with the same rhythmic frame and you get techno. Preferably, they should be in the same key, but not necessarily.


Wait a minute, does that mean Pachelbel's Canon is Techno?

The first Techno I ever heard was axelf.mod, being played by a Sophomore in the computer lab at school to test a SoundBlaster card's setup. I have never found any so pure, so lovely, as that.

As far as copying samplers goes, I'm a fan of YTMND, so only having part of a song doesn't bother me at all. (Perhaps that in itself should bother me; meh.) I've thought about recording the Amazon sampler for an entire album; listening to an hour's worth of music in fifteen minutes for zero cost is appealing, but not quite fair use.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 4:59 am UTC
by Philwelch
nahtanoj999 wrote:Image
fix'd


iTunes sells tons of DRM-free music. I'm sure at least some of it is techno, and if it isn't I'm sure you can play three or four songs at the same time, half of them backwards, to reproduce music of the same or greater quality than techno.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:07 am UTC
by moxmallow
I'm not sure which is worse: the fact that this comic hits the nail on the head, or the fact that I still bought Techno Trance Anthems volumes 1 and 2.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:08 am UTC
by EsotericWombat
I'm rather fond of Dot Matrix techno

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:11 am UTC
by tradiuz
I listen to mainly electronica/techno. Here are some of my favorites. (and proof that it's not all just loops)

Daft Punk - Robot Rock / Oh Yeah (Alive 2007)
I play this as loud as my ears can stand. The first part makes me get goosebumps.

Trentemoller - The Very Last Resort
The whole album is gold. Vamp is out of place, but still a good track in it's own right.

Nathan Fake - The Sky was Pink
Another great album.

Jackson and His Computer Band - Utopia
There are much better songs on this album, but not on YouTube. (I really like Teen Beat Ocean)

The Knife - Pass This On
My friend is in love with her voice. The live album I have, sounds so much better... but again, limited resources on YouTube.

Covox - Computer Love
How can you not love it. It is 8 bit awesome.

Modeslektor - Ziq Zaq
Modeselektor is hit or miss. This is a homerun, however.


There are others that I'm not going to spend time searching for, that you should. Joris Voorn, Manual (he does it manually, so no loops), Thievery Corp, Alphamono to name a few.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:13 am UTC
by pyroman
vodka.cobra wrote:
deathbybowtie wrote:I'm curious to hear this broken-hard-drive techno, anyone got a link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0



touche` sir!

This is acutally the first time i was successfully rick rolled by a link in a long ass time

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:14 am UTC
by wizzfizz
I'm actually listening to DI.fm right now so it made me giggle, twas a bit of a harsh assessment however.
I think every genre of music is disliked by someone, so I generally don't take it to heart.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:17 am UTC
by vodka.cobra
Since someone mentioned Daft Punk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq--Nw

Not a -roll.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:22 am UTC
by tradiuz
Daft Punk - Something About Us

Sappy and romantic. Makes me think of my SO.


(Edited to add this)

Bloodhound Gang - Uhn Tiss Uhn Tiss
Satirical look at techno/dance. This is the dirty version.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:30 am UTC
by GodShapedBullet
vodka.cobra wrote:Since someone mentioned Daft Punk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2cYWfq--Nw

Not a -roll.


Since someone mentioned Daft Hands:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpBDqtUEWcM

Not a -roll.

But this is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHg5SJYRHA0

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:34 am UTC
by narg
I assume he was referring to this http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/announcements/hard-drive-dying-dance-track-winner-151666.php contest with the crashed hard drive.

Listen to the runners up, too; they are actually pretty good.

Techno tech-tech-tech-echno-echno-techno ftw.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:44 am UTC
by Clumpy
Good techno develops and progresses like any other type of music. What this strip is describing is bad techno.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 5:45 am UTC
by taarnling
vodka.cobra wrote:I happen to like techno, and I think that DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!


Wow, haven't seen that before... it's scary, but I think I might like it.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:02 am UTC
by Porges
narg wrote:I assume he was referring to this http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/announcements/hard-drive-dying-dance-track-winner-151666.php contest with the crashed hard drive.

Listen to the runners up, too; they are actually pretty good.

Techno tech-tech-tech-echno-echno-techno ftw.



Where can I find a mirror? Odeo is 404 all over this. :(

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:23 am UTC
by atrain
Porges wrote:
narg wrote:I assume he was referring to this http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/announcements/hard-drive-dying-dance-track-winner-151666.php contest with the crashed hard drive.

Listen to the runners up, too; they are actually pretty good.

Techno tech-tech-tech-echno-echno-techno ftw.



Where can I find a mirror? Odeo is 404 all over this. :(

Bottom of gizmodo page, in the comments. Its off the guys myspace account.
http://www.myspace.com/dorenoriko

Munroe's inside my head, I swear! I've just been thinking about this stuff.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:30 am UTC
by muffin of doom
BlueNight wrote:
Glenn Magus Harvey wrote:The buildup is fun, but I still have to agree with Strong Bad's assessment--just pile up instrument after instrument with the same rhythmic frame and you get techno. Preferably, they should be in the same key, but not necessarily.


Wait a minute, does that mean Pachelbel's Canon is Techno?


I actually have a techno version of Pachelbel's Canon on my computer at home. As I recall, all they did was add a faster rhythm line over the original music.

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:32 am UTC
by sasb
Hi!

I am not so fond of techno music, but there's an artist with a bit of a unique style of music and I was wondering if anyone has already heard him before.
If you didn't, check him out, I am quite sure that people who enjoy xkcd would enjoy his music and the lyrics.

Styrofoam: http://www.myspace.com/styrofoam

Quote from his "Sounds like" box:

happy beats and sad lyrics during an early morning sunrise while downing your first espresso macchiato of the day


EDIT:If you find the songs on the top of his music player to Pop-py, listen to the last two ones, they're from the previous albums

Re: "Techno" Discussion

Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:37 am UTC
by narg
Porges wrote:
narg wrote:I assume he was referring to this http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/announcements/hard-drive-dying-dance-track-winner-151666.php contest with the crashed hard drive.

Listen to the runners up, too; they are actually pretty good.

Techno tech-tech-tech-echno-echno-techno ftw.



Where can I find a mirror? Odeo is 404 all over this. :(


http://www.tc.umn.edu/~cape0053/
That has the winner and the top two runners up (I didn't bother downloading the others, apparently.)

*is hoping his U web-space doesn't have a low bandwidth limit*