411: Techno

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I don't know what's worse - that there exists broken-hard-drive-sound techno, or that it's not half bad.
Title text: I don't know what's worse - that there exists broken-hard-drive-sound techno, or that it's not half bad.


Cueball points out that due to the repetitive nature of techno music, the iTunes 15 second sample can be used to recreate the entire song. This is for the many repetitions in techno music, usually repeating it 4 (or other powers of two) times.

The title text refers to the clicking and grinding noises of a dying hard drive, a sound similar to some techno songs. The title text suggests that this actually exists: an example is here.

Techno music is also mentioned in 586: Mission to Culture and 740: The Tell-Tale Beat. Sampling and looping sounds that aren't necessarily musical is mentioned in 2427: Perseverance Microphones.


[Cueball looking over Megan's shoulder while she is clicking her mouse with her other hand on her chin.]
Cueball: Wait, you're buying techno on iTunes?
Megan: Yeah. So?
Cueball: Couldn't you just loop the 15-second free sample 20 times and get basically the same thing?

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I had a hard drive once, MFM or RLL I cannot recall, which periodically would make an odd RRRRRRRR noise (possibly due to lack of calibration or vibration reduction somewhere) to which I referred as my "heavy metal drive".

Contemporary techno is rather reminiscent of 1541 read/write problems. I aver that technology originally spawned the term "head banging", which completes the cycle of metal versus techno. Thokling (talk) 13:04, 22 September 2013 (UTC)

That example music was obviously created after the comic, and could not be what the comic was referring to. Benjaminikuta (talk) 02:17, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

The title text was referring to the concept, which obviously existed prior to the comic existing. It's irrelevant that the example used was created after this comic. -Pennpenn 06:04, 22 December 2015 (UTC)
If it obviously existed prior to the comic existing, it would nice to link to it here. I came to this page after finding the above link as the first hit on google, and no other obvious links to examples. Having written that, I did discover this. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)