Paul Strange Presents: Twenty Five Years of Detroit Techno

Representing the D in the Oz… Nabbed from Paul Strange Presents.

At any given moment, countless people are listening to electronic music, much of it directly influenced by a sound coming from the Motor City, the former home of Motown and the birthplace of a genre known to the world as Detroit Techno. 

The year 2010 is an exciting time for the Detroit electronic music community as it marks the 25th anniversary of the birth of Techno in the city. To celebrate, a collective of artists from Detroit past and present will be coming together to perform under the banner D25: Detroit Twenty Five. Included in this collective will be some of the most influential and respected artists to emerge from the city including Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Mike Banks, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, Kenny Larkin and many others.

Reflecting on the past twenty-five years of Detroit Techno and what makes the music from the city special, Carl Craig recently commented, “I think the economic devastation that the city has endured over the last 30-odd years helped us to fantasize about a brighter future, it is this fantasy that we put into our music.”

CARL CRAIG In years to come, Techno will be pored over and historicised and whatever the fate of the brave new world’s music, a handful of names will have been immortalised through it. Carl Craig’s is one.In 1989 he released his first single “Elements” as Psyche on Transmat and became what can be called the spearhead of the second wave of Detroit Techno. In the 1990s Carl Craig released House, Techno and Electronic Jazz under different monikers including 69, Innerzone Orchestra or Paperclip People. In addition his productions can be heard on labels including KMS, Open, Mo’Wax and Retroactive. Soon after his first steps in the world of Techno he founded his own label Planet E. Today Planet E is one of the most well known and respected labels for electronic music of all genres. Carl’s recent work with Moritz von Oswald and Francesco Tristano as well as remixes for everyone from Theo Parrish, to DFA reaffirmed his status as an exceptional producer, proving he is far from being a case for the history books. Catch him preforming at D25.

~ by thedendetroit on December 9, 2010.

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