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    Default The Top 10 Detroit Techno Documentaries (compiled by beatport)

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    10. Detroit Techno & The Electronic Music Festival



    Over the last 12 years, Detroitís electronic music fest (sometimes called DEMF, now officially Movement) has undergone countless organizers, production companies, major sponsors, and official names. This three-part documentary looks back at the festival from its shaky beginnings to its more solid foundation a decade later.


    9. Techno City


    The rather unknown Techno City was produced in 2001, and new-school legends like Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, and Kenny Larkin lead a good portion of this tour, which culminates in the second Detroit Electronic Music Festival.


    8. High Tech Soul


    This one mixes the musical with the social, looking at the history of Detroit as a breeding ground for underground music, and featuring all sorts of lesser-known but equally important names in the scene, like classic club The Music Instituteís promoter, George Baker.


    7. Current TVís Underground Resistance episode


    ďIím nothing in comparison to the music.Ē Thatís ďMad MikeĒ Banksí take on Underground Resistance, the label and collective he founded in the early í90s to subvert the dominant major-label record industry and spread the gospel of real underground Detroit techno. This documentary made by Current TV examines the UR story from front to back.


    6. Modulations


    Modulations extends far beyond the scope of Detroit, but while it traces dance musicís broader roots, itís still got awesome footage from Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Eddie Fowlkes, and tons more.





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    5. Universal Techno


    The French-produced 1996 doc Universal Techno is an awesome hour-long piece which really takes its time with all of techno’s main players. Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, UR, and all the main players are well represented, but this film goes a step further, talking with folks like Autechre about how Detroit’s impact has spread overseas and throughout the world.


    4. Belle Isle Tech


    The super-lo-fi Belle Isle Tech, made by skate photographer extraordinaire Ari Marcopoulos, is a real slice-of-life kind of flick, which follows ghetto-tech kings DJ Assault and Mr. De’ around Detroit for a few days—from their very humble-seeming home studio to a nighttime party cruise on the city’s infamous Belle Isle.


    3. Slices—Pioneers of Electronic Music: Richie Hawtin


    While he spent most of his techno-formative years across the river in Windsor, Ontario, it’s impossible to talk about Detroit techno’s legacy without mentioning Richie Hawtin. Hawtin’s impact on the scene is long established, and he’s often credited with spreading techno throughout Canada and the midwest with his infamous parties. This documentary was made after he made the jump to Berlin, and it’s a thorough look back at his time in Detroit and how he transitioned to Europe in the 2000s.


    2. Detroit: Blueprint for Techno

    Speaking of Canada, they do a helluva job crafting this documentary, Detroit: Blueprint for Techno, which was produced by cable channel MuchMusic a number of years back. For only 25 minutes in length, it goes super-in-depth, with footage from all the usual suspects plus Rolando, Terrence Parker, and more.


    1. Real Scenes: Detroit



    One of the slickest-looking docs on Detroit techno, Real Scenes: Detroit, produced by Resident Advisor and Bench, takes the long view on the topic, but manages to hew more to the current side of Detroit’s regeneration and growth rather than its bygone history and post-industrial decay. A winner, any way you look at it.
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    Cheers Xone my favourite genre of techno by far, the innovators, the inventors, the pioneers, they had visions of the future.

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    Cool Xone thx!

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    i heart detroit techno ... one of my first big shows was for opening Kevin Saunderson ... something about those acid like beats just jacking your head.

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