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Detroit and its Techno legacy

Take a look at this nice video on RA’s Real Scene section about Detroit, MI.

 

Detroit nowadays has a lot of unemployment problems and looks like an abandoned city: economy collapsed and buildings are falling apart, in 2013 Detroit filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.

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There was a time when Detroit was a florid huge automobile production centre (GM, Chrysler, and Ford)  and lots of people migrated to the city and the suburbs to work, black people especially. But what I want to talk about Detroit  is something more important: it’s called TECHNO.

Detroit is the city where techno was born from the mind and the fingers of some eclectic youngsters and their enthusiastic friends, it was the place where in the early 80s the Electrifying Mojo would use the airwaves to spread the new language, it was a place where you could go and dance your ass off in abandoned buildings or improvised clubs with a new dark and synthethic sound. This was not Chicago with its House funky beats, not even New York and its Disco shit. Detroit was cold, decaying, racially instable, poor, post industrial and dark.

Detroit music scene was always one step ahead of anywhere else. Not only because of Techno, it was also the place where a lot of Northern Soul music was produced, home for the Motown and for Thelma Records, Groove City Records, Ge Ge Records, D-Town, Carla Records and many many more.

The conjunction for the birth of techno may relies here: a strong northern soul/funk legacy fused with popular Chicago House mixed up with sci-fi and Futuristic imaginery, Acid House  and post industrial rage.

This is what I think made Detroit techno producers so unique: the ability to groove and to catch your soul.

 

 

there is a splendid documentary called High-Tech Soul to watch if you want to learn about the details of how everything came up togheter from the famous Belleville three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson) and how they needed to move to Europe (England) to legitimete themselves.

 

belleville three

 

The list of Techno producers active in Detroit is long and includes names like Octave One, AUX88, Carl Cox, Drexciya, Eddie Fowlkes, Mike “Mad” Banks, Moodyman, Theo Parrish, Robert Hood, Juan Atkins, Jeff Mills, Kenny Larkin, Kevin Saunderson, Orlando Voorn.… do you get it? all the gotha of Techno is somehow related to Detroit.

 

I leave you with this masterpiece by Robert Hood, to me one of the best Detroiter technohead still around.

 

 

 

 

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VEGUCATED. an emotional and not-so-shocking movie about Veganism

I got to tell you, I watch VEGUCATED and I really really enjoyed it.
Of course some tears fall from my eyes but it’s ok, it’s an emotional issue for me…seeing ppl getting to know what Veganism is about, going through the “eyes opening” process and so on, it’s a good thing for me. I always get touched.

the movie is directed by Marisa Miller Wolfson and won the Best Documentary at Toronto Independent Film Festival in 2011.

Really, I recommend everyone to see the movie, especially kids in school.

It’s not just terrifying images of slaughterhouses movie (yes, something you’ll see but…) and the story is real: three different persons get initiated to the vegan diet, through medical visits, lectures, documentaries and trips to farms. everything falls into its right place: once you open your eyes and see what actually means eating meat you cannot go back anymore.

once again: be fair, be rebel, be vegan!

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MEAT THE TRUTH, you deserve to be shocked!

This is another great doc about food, global warming, sustainability and the influence of the meat industry on our climate (and the climate change) and on the devastation of our environment, water and air.

if you take some time to watch the movie you’ll discover the relation intercurring between the huge release of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere and the consumption of meat in your diet. Yes it’s all related, like Marianne Thieme explains in the doc, eighteen percent (18) of global greenhouse gas emission are caused by livestock farming. Farmed animals.

mmmm…so..wait…are we talking about cows farting and burping? yes you got it. it’s called METHANE.

Now see this: all the transportation in the world (cars, trains, ships, airplanes etc etc) sends out in the air 13% of total global emission, so less than industrial farming, are you shocked already?

Now, do you still think it’s ok to please your tongue with that bloody and full of antibiotic steak? are you still living the lie of telling yourself that your meat and dairy comes from happy and free to move around animals?…cmooooon… you better act somehow and get your responsabilities!

more on this: about 40/50% of all the cereals and 75% of soy farmed in the world are not eaten by human but by livestock to get fat so humans can eat them (and soy is farmed mostly in Brazil which keeps cutting down Amazonian rainforest to make place for more soya field).

A recent FAO study points out that human population has raised from 2.6 billions in 1950 to 6 billions in 2000 and the production of industrial edible meat increased from 45 billions of kilos  in 1950 to 233 billions in 2000, so they predict that in 2050 the human population will touch 9 billions of units and the production of meat will hit 450 billions of kilos doubling the emission of greenhouse gasses…

I suggest to watch this doc before dinner so to get motivated on changing your diet and make the world a more sustainable place to live in, for us and the future humans.

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Krautrock – The Rebirth of Germany (BBC Documentary)

“At the time when most of the West was rocking out to guitar gods, something very different was born in Germany: electronic music was virgin.”

 

Great documentary aired on BBC FOUR about the german movement called KRAUTROCK where a bunch of  uncompromising and original artists, in between 1968 and 1977, were looking for a way to exit their heavy past creating a new form of music. 
Bands like Neu!, Can, Faust, Tangerine Dream, Cluster and Kraftwerk would look beyond western rock and roll and jazz to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard. They shared one common goal – a forward- looking desire to transcend Germany’s gruesome past.

 

 

 
 

“…there are not knights of the realm here, just happy and experimental musicians.”

 

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Kraftwerk, and the Electronic revolution – documentary

Kraftwerk And The Electronic Revolution by Thomas Arnold

Kraftwerk And The Electronic Revolution

This long documentary (180 minutes !!!) attempts to cover the rise of German electronic and experimental music from the 1960s, centered on Kraftwerk but focusing on the large avant-garde/ kraut rock scene that developed in the eastern Europe.

Aside form the many clips, both from videoclip and concerts, very interesting to me is the long interview with Karl Bartos (member of Kraftwerk form 1975 unitl the 90’s).

it’s a long documentary but  very nice produced  which reminds me of another fabulous music documentary aired on BBC4 called Synth Britannia, here the topic is the english new wave but the seed still came from the Kraftwerk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(via VST Cafe)

Look up on youtube for the other 13 parts or buy it on Amazon. com

 

 

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Rare 90’s Detroit techno video

 

90’s video which features Terrence Parker, Mike Huckaby, Juan Atkins, Ritchie Hawtin, Derrick May (huge!), Kevin Saunderson, Carl Craig, Rolando, Jeff Woodward, Gary Koral, Theorem, Kraftwerk, DJ Dunebugg…

pure detroit techno : minimal, soulful and machine driven!

this is top quality music.

lots of interviews, videoclips, intersting footages and faces I  love and respect, and I am sure you do the same!

 

via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk

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Aphex Twin – MTV UK Party Zone Special From 1996

I just found this on Filter27 blog and decided to repost it in here.

it’s a good special UK Mtv dedicated to AphexTwin and I think it’s cool even if it’s hard for me to understand clearly when Richards speaks  😀

 

the interview goes really deep into Richard’s life and sentiments and music and influencies on his work, also lots of great videos in it!

at 6:00 you can watch the video of “ON” released in 1993 for Warp record, it’s  a great tune wich shows all the good sounds Warp records expressed in those years.

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Grundeinkommen – reddito garantito: it’s some you want to think about

“We spent the last 100 years freeing men and women from labour,  rationalizing and automating the factories and now we cringe because there are no working place for everyone”

 

 

I think it’s time for us to see other possibilities, it’s defenetly time to re-think/re-shape/re-imagine our society.

watch this excellent documentary filmed by Daniel Hani and Enno Schmidt and we may go for a more sustainable life.

 

the idea is the Basic Income Guarantee, a system which provides each citizen with a sum of money in order to provide for individual basic human needs, the smart thing is that the sum is entirely unconditional.

If we are all granted with a basic sum of money to dignity live, we can then choose where to focus, what to do with our life,  where and how to work. so we could be all freed from the income struggle and start to live. this is not just an utopia it’s completeply affordable by the taxes we pay.

Basic Income Network.

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Something important.

this is very interesting and requires a change of lifestyle.

take your time and watch the “FOOD, INC.” documentary

you can buy it or watch it on many megavideos web sites

How can be a raw carrot more expensive then some fatty and processed french fries?

it doesn’t have to be profit everywhere, I am tired of this.

I turned vegetarian some weeks ago and I feel smart and healty.

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