“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.

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“NYC DJ Lineup” by Jason Bentley, URB, July 1992

Bentley, Jason. “NYC DJ Lineup.” URB, July 1992.

Jason Bentley gives his impression of DJs Tony Humphries, David Morales, Moneypenny, Kevin Saunderson, and Keoki, whom he saw during his visit to New York during the 1992 New Music Seminar.

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

This is Our House: House Music, Cultural Spaces and Technologies by Hillegonda C. Rietveld

Rietveld, Hillegonda C. This is Our House: House Music, Cultural Spaces and Technologies. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 1998.

Based on her PhD dissertation, This is Our House is an ethnographic study of how house music has developed and changed from its origins as music for gay African Americans in Chicago to its importation to England and the Netherlands, where the audiences are quite different and the music has changed as a result of the different socio-cultural environment. She also looks at the ways in which DJs and technology has shaped how the music is experienced. Even transporting the music from Chicago to New York has changed it in the sense that New York house tended to be slower, less tracky, and less influenced by Italo disco than its Chicago counterpart.