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

Video  -  Documentary  -  19 September 2006 (USA)
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Juan Atkins
Carl Craig
Matthew Dear
Eddie Fowlkes
Richie Hawtin
Derrick May
Electrifyin' Mojo
Kevin Saunderson
Anthony Shakir
Dan Sicko
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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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a history lesson on Techno and the city of Detroit
29 November 2006 | by (Lansing, Michigan) – See all my reviews

High Tech Soul is not only a history lesson about the techno scene, but a history lesson about Detroit, Michigan. I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of techno music, but when someone told me it goes deeper than that showing how techno relates to the history and city of Detroit, I became interested. My favorite bits of the film centered on the Professor from Wayne State University. He explained how techno was introduced to the city of Detroit, and why it even came to the city. Like most people, I think of Motown, and maybe Eminen when I think of Detroit, but not techno music. I had no idea that Detroit played such an important role in the making of techno a world wide phenomenon. I was also amazed at how long techno has been around. I lived in Europe during the 80s and early 90s. I knew it was big in Europe, but I had no idea that it was big in the US for decades. I gave this film a ten because it opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at the city of Detroit. Director Gary Bredow has something very original in this film.


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