Acid techno, sometimes known generally as "acid", is a genre of techno that was derived from acid house and developed in Europe in the early 1990s.[1] It saw younger artists apply the "squelching" synthesizer sound of Chicago acid house to harder-edged techno material.[2] The style was obtained largely through Roland instruments, most prominently the TB-303 bass synthesizer.[3] In addition to acid records imported from the US, the style was influenced by sources such as hardcore, German trance, and Belgian rave.[3]

Early exponents of the style included Plastikman, Aphex Twin, and Dave Clarke, Hardfloor, solarquest, Damon Wilde.[4] Other mainstays included London acts such as Liberators, Henry Cullen (aka D.A.V.E. The Drummer), Guy McAffer (aka The Geezer), and DDR.[3] In London, the acid techno scene developed via illegal network of parties; the 1997 compilation It’s Not Intelligent…And It’s Not From Detroit…But It’s F**king ‘Avin It was subtitled "The Sound of London’s Acid Techno Underground" and helped to solidify the genre in the underground consciousness.[3]

The Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer provided the electronic squelch sounds often heard in acid tracks.

The term Acid specifically refers to the harsh "acidic" sound of layered 303s.[3][5] The acid sound is achieved by manipulating the resonance and cutoff frequency parameters of the synthesizer; doing so in real-time as the track is being recorded is a technique known as tweaking.

Acid Techno music has been regaining interest after 2015 as so called Roland TB-303 clones appeared on the market. Both Soft and Hardware clones of the TB-303 are available. Roland the original manufacturer has relaunched the TB-303 and also created a software version.

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  1. ^ Acid Techno", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 22 November 2009
  2. ^ Acid Techno", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 22 November 2009
  3. ^ a b c d e Sword, Harry. "When Techno Met Punk: London's Acid Techno Underground of the '90s". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  4. ^ Acid Techno", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 22 November 2009
  5. ^ Nash, Rob (2009) "Techno: Encyclopedia of Modern Music", The Sunday Times Culture's Encyclopedia of Modern Music, 1 February 2009, retrieved 22 November 2009

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