An evolution of House developed in Detroit in the early 1980s, Techno is often faster than House and more mechanical, minimalist, dystopian, and futuristic. Early Techno combined the cyborg futurism of Kraftwerk and Afrika Bambaata with the funk of George Clinton and Parliament. The term is sometimes used loosely as an umbrella term for contemporary electronic dance music.
(Source – Cox, C. and Warner, D. (2004) Audio Culture : Readings in Modern Music. Continuum.)