I was thinking the other day about the idea of “jazz standards” and how the idea fits into electronic music. I’ve heard turtablists talk about the idea of certain scratches being so common it’s kind of like a standard. I think electronica has ushered in the remix culture in place of the jazz standard.
On the other hand, I think there’s classics sounds and soundsets which lend themselves to being so common that they are immediately recognizable. I think when they’re used, it, like a jazz standard, makes us think about the first time we heard it. When I think about the idea of “techno standards”, I think that using keyboard sounds like this one is the closest thing we have. In this track, the lead keyboard sound is one of my favorites of all time. I think the first time I heard it was in Outlander’s “Vamp”.