High Tech Soul // The Creation of Techno Music in Detroit

Derrick May Live @ Dommune (Tokyo)

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.

With classic anthems such as Rhythim Is Rhythim’s “Strings of Life” and Inner City’s “Good Life,” High Tech Soul celebrates the pioneers, the promoters and the city that spawned a global phenomenon.

The film features: Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie (Flashin) Fowlkes, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, John Acquaviva, Carl Cox, Carl Craig, Blake Baxter, Stacey Pullen, Thomas Barnett, Matthew Dear, Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Keith Tucker, Delano Smith, Mike Archer, Derrick Thompson, Mike Clark, Alan Oldham, Laura Gavoor, Himawari, Scan 7, Kenny Larkin, Stacey “Hotwax” Hale, Claus Bachor, Electrifying Mojo, Niko Marks, Barbara Deyo, Dan Sordyl, Sam Valenti, Ron Murphy, George Baker, and Kwame Kilpatrick.

El Documental High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music cuenta la historia del techno desde sus inicios en Detroit. En el podemos ver la relación de la ciudad con la creación de este género, como surgió este sonido de las míticas Roland 303, 606 y 808, sus bases en el soul y el funk, y como esta música influenció al mundo de la música a todos los niveles. Con repetidas apariciones de Derrick May, Juan Atkins,Carl Craig, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, John Aqcuaviva, Jeff Mills, el legendarioThe Electrifying Mojo, Kenny Larkin y Mathew Dear, entre muchos otros, este film documental es una obra imprescindible para cualquier amante del género, o de la música en general.

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