“Techno Summit, 1992” by Jason Bentley, URB, July 1992

Bentley, Jason. “Techno Summit, 1992.” URB, July 1992.

Jason Bentley covers the first annual “Techno Summit” at the 1992 New Music Seminar held at the Limelight. Panelists include Frankie Bones, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Moneypenny, Ritchie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, and Lord Michael with other techno personalities in the audience. While the panelists tried to maintain a positive attitude about the present and future of techno, the audience quickly brought it back to the petty, divisional disputes about what is techno, what’s responsible for its success, and divisions between techno and house.


“Landscape!” by Todd Roberts, URB, July 1992

Roberts, Todd. “Landscape!” URB, July 1992.

This is the travelog of the URB staff’s adventures in New York City during the 1992 New Music Seminar. The URB staff described the various parties they have attended as well as shared some of the misadventures they had on their way to and from those parties. They also provided some observations about the differences between the music and club scenes in New York and in Los Angeles. Among their observations, the house music scene is bigger in New York than in Los Angeles, with deep soulful house being the dominant sound. New York techno tends to be harder and less emotive than in Los Angeles. Between their observations of the NYC club scene and of NYC in general, this travelog provides a good snapshot of New York City in the early nineties.

Back issues of URB (unfortunately not a complete run) are available at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.