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High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music (2006)

HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground ... See full summary »

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Juan Atkins
Derrick May
Kevin Saunderson
Eddie Fowlkes
Richie Hawtin
Jeff Mills
John Acquaviva
Carl Cox
Carl Craig
Blake Baxter
Stacey Pullen
Thomas Barnett
Matthew Dear
Anthony Shakir
Keith Tucker
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HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980s, Detroit's economic downturn didn't stop the invention of a new kind of music that brought international attention to its producers and their hometown. Featuring in-depth interviews with many of the world's best exponents of the artform, High Tech Soul focuses on the creators of the genre -- Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson -- and looks at the relationships and personal struggles behind the music. Artists like Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes and a host of others explain why techno, with its abrasive tones and resonating basslines, could not have come from anywhere but Detroit. Written by Gary Bredow

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Well done for a small time production
11 February 2007 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Well done documentary that told the story of Detroit techno concisely and in a manner that kept the interest of the viewer. Mr. Bredow does a fine job putting the story together in the words of techno's historic figures themselves. The lack of narration adds authenticity to the story.

While short at 64 minutes, I felt it was the perfect length for the subject matter. I don't feel anything was left out nor was anything extraneous left in.

Well worth a watch (if you can find it) if you're at all interested in music history, especially that of electronic/techno. Also interesting as a cultural examination of the city of Detroit.


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