One of the positive developments is the experimentation and diversity within the genres. As both house and techno have evolved, they have incorporated elements from other genres, such as funk, soul, disco, ambient, IDM, industrial and experimental music, creating new sub-genres like deep house, acid house, funk house, soulful house, minimal techno, ambient techno, and dub techno. This experimentation has led to a widening of the genres’ appeal and a more dynamic and varied sound.
Another positive development is the democratization of music production technology. With the advancement of digital audio workstations (DAWs) and other music production software, it is now easier and more affordable for musicians and producers to create, record and distribute their music. This has led to a wider range of voices and perspectives in the genres.
On the other hand, one of the negative developments is the commercialization of the genres. As house and techno have become more popular and mainstream, they have also become more commercialized (ie: Melodic Techno and EDM). This has led to a homogenization of sound, with many producers and DJs feeling pressure to create music that is more commercial and radio-friendly, which can lead to a loss of innovation and creativity.
Another negative development is the oversaturation of the market. With the ease of producing and distributing music, it has led to an overabundance of music, making it difficult for new and emerging artists to stand out and gain recognition.
These are general observations, and opinions on the quality of house and techno music can vary widely depending on individual preferences and perspectives. It’s also important to acknowledge the value of innovation within these genres, as it allows for the evolution and growth of the music, and keeps the scene fresh and exciting. Innovation can lead to new sounds, styles and sub-genres, that can appeal to different audiences, and bring new perspectives to the scene. Commercialization of the genres can lead to a lack of innovation, as the focus shifts to creating music that is more radio-friendly and appealing to a wider audience, rather than pushing the boundaries and experimenting with new sounds and styles. This can lead to a homogenization of sound and less experimentation within the genres (bad).
House and techno music were born in raves, clubs and dance floors and that’s where they thrive. Dance music should be made for dancing and that is an important aspect that should not be overlooked. The physical aspect of dancing to this music is an integral part of the experience.
The connection with the music, the community and the shared experience of dancing together, is what makes house and techno music special, unique, powerful and enduring. Collective effervescence is the feeling of unity and togetherness that arises from dancing and music. It is the most important aspect of house and techno music, creating a sense of community and belonging among the audience.