I kind of have the same feeling.AK wrote: I also think I went through a time where I was trying to force myself to be more 'techno'. I can fall into a more housey sound a lot easier but I always think being techno seems 'cooler' than being house so I was trying to force the issue a bit.
"cooler" is not the word I'd choose to express my feelings, but it comes down to the same thing.
Techno will always have a way bigger place in my heart than house, even though I love good house as well.
I was listening to this house podcast on my way to work, and I couldn't help but thinking :
man, it's always some nice percussion, with some simple chords (in this case usually played on a rhodes or typically "house organ" preset), and some relaxing vocals on top.
And this was actually house I rather liked...
But with techno, the track can go everywhere. You can hear all kinds of sounds, the structure can vary constantly,...
Of course there are also cliché's popping up in techno, but good techno will always try to come up with new stuff, move forward.
With good techno, I'm constantly thinking "wow, how did they do that", with house it's usually "ah, again more of this or that". And I ain't saying it's a this or that I dislike, it's just that it almost never surprises me.
It's almost as if techno is about being nervous, being eager to move forward,
and house is about relaxing, like chilling in your sofa or something.
Ellen Alien used to sell these t-shirts "I am techno and you are not".
That kind of sums it up for me.
Just the fact that so many more people that aren't into electronical music in general will usually like a great house tune, but will not equally easily like a great techno tune is extra proof to me that techno is a lot more an acquired taste than house is, and usually needs a more active listener than house.