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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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We have 3 natural resources in Detroit....Water, salt and Techno
18 October 2006 | by (Croatia) – See all my reviews

Music is changing. It's hard to tell who "invented" some or other music style, basically because we are all influenced with our experiences, and every music artist is influenced with music that he heard before - the music that someone else created.

"High Tech Soul" explains why techno music was "invented" in Detroit, and not some other city. It contains many interviews with people who were there and who were influenced enough by the city itself and many other things, artists and music - that they felt the urge to create something new and beautiful. Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson are basically the fathers of techno music. Besides them, this movie contains many other people who are important innovators in techno music, or made they contribution in those early days.

A great film that everyone should see - because techno itself influenced many other musicians in almost every music style that has been made in the past 20 years.


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