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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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Great techno documentary
23 October 2006 | by (Namibia) – See all my reviews

This movie goes through the birth of detroit techno and interviews all the major players. Very informative from a European perspective. While techno now may be seen as obscure, it is the root from which all the modern dance genres came from; this movie contains some documentation of a mostly undocumented genre and subculture. Most of the movie deals with the pre-rave time, and it's almost ludicrous how small the techno scene was at that time. The movie does not in any way discuss the European influences or scene, it is not about techno as a global phenomenon per se, it sticks to the detroit dj's which are now famous. It would be fascinating to see a similar movie about the scene in Holland, uk, Germany etc. -Ibiza dissected, -Mayday from the inside... Fun for the fan of dance music...


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