While a documentary on this topic is overdue, the well-intentioned High Tech Soul doesn't quite do its subject justice: One, it's too short (just 64 minutes). Two, it slights the importance of crucial second-wave producers like Robert Hood and Jeff Mills. And three, the film loses focus as it draws further away from the pioneers' '80s heyday, mirroring the artists' own diminished creative output after that decade. That being said, High Tech Soul adequately explores the social forces that catalyzed Detroit's techno artists, and Bredow's interviews with the Bellevue 3 are entertaining and illuminating. Speaking of which, respected and articulate second-wave techno DJ/producer Alan Oldham should provide further historical context and edification at View tonight.
Rounding out the bill is local collective Tek-Know, whose intricately designed, club-friendly minimal techno recalls Windsor, Ontario's excellent M-nus Records roster.
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