Detroit – The Birthplace Of Techno

Resident Advisor continues its new video series with a trip to the birthplace of techno, Detroit:

You can’t talk about electronic music without mentioning Detroit. The city’s DJs and producers birthed the genre we now call techno.

Detroit, however, has always had a creative streak, due in large part to the boom and subsequent bust of the auto industry. Quite simply, Detroit is a city of extremes, and its music reflects that. Detroit’s importance in the global electronic music scenes is often referred to in the past tense.

With the recent emergence of Kyle Hall and other young Detroit producers, however, it’s clear that a spark remains. When we visited, we found a number of artists with their eyes (and ears) firmly set towards the future. After our time there, it’s clear that Detroit will endure and innovate for years to come.

The short documentary offers fantastic images of the city and an interesting variety of perspectives on the city and its role in the world of electronic music.

9 thoughts on “Detroit – The Birthplace Of Techno

  1. What a great film. I heard model 500s interference ep when it came out and it put all music after and before ,in the shadow for me. Mick Power Eastern block founder I owe you one.
    I made a pilgrimage to detroit, visited the motown museum.
    The uk Northern soul scene, was the blue print for the next wave , which was detroit techno.
    Northern England could relate to Detroit with heart and soul. This a great look at the scene nice one.

  2. Inspirational. That part at the end where he took a few 10 and 11 year olds and taught them to produce was truly a sight to see. I wish somebody did that for me when I was 10!

  3. I am a big fan of producer Norman Whitefield, he did some tripped out music at Motown.On the wall of the museum( the old studios) there are pics of Modular synth systems that where used in the studios at Motown, it is techno city . A lot is owed to Detroit , but very little given!!!!

  4. I love how Rick and Kyle are staying true to their city and continue to represent Detroit. Things have changed over the years in Detroit but the distinct sound of house and techno just gets better and better. Big ups to Delano Smith as well who came to Houston recently and schooled everyone who attended his house set at Club FWD. I look forward to making my way back to the D to visit soon. Keep it alive ya'll….Malik

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