Juan Atkins- The Father of Techno

Juan Atkins is an American record producer and DJ from Detroit, Michigan. He was described by Mixmag as “the original pioneer of Detroit techno”. Juan’s father was a concert promoter which could have contributed to his passion for music, especially techno music. In 1980, Juan formed Cybotron with Richard Davis. Cybotron was an American electro […]


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Kevin Saunderson’s Elevation of Techno

When people first heard the sound, it was regarded as music from another reality entirely. However, once in its groove, you could never get out. Techno music was developed in the ’60s through ’70s in Detroit, Michigan. It made stark comparisons to House Music, an electronic sound that originated in Chicago, Illinois. The sound was […]

Wha-a-t in the Tech-n-ooo

… Where Are the Women in Techno? By: Demi Browder Detroit Techno Techno music started to become known around the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, Detroit Techno is what was known at the time, originated in the city of Detroit. This genre of music combined elements of electric technology and funk. Known Detroit techno artists […]

The Belleville Three and The Creation of Techno

The Belleville Three and The Creation of Techno Detroit is a city that has influenced a lot of different things in American society, whether it be music or automobiles. A vibrant city with a long history, Detroit was the birthplace of techno music and was the city that many of the pioneers of techno emerged […]


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Techno Review-Kendall Jones

Before “techno” became a term for electronic music, the music, its people, and its culture were much more representative of overlapping underserved and marginalized communities. The Belleville Three is Detroits more popular black techno groups. The trio paved the way for a rich techno culture within the city and helped establish what is now the […]


T-T-T-TECHNO! In the 1980s a new genre emerged in Detroit called techno. Techno is a very fast pace electronic and futuristic sound with a dance influence similar to disco. The cells of techno are primarily built by engineers on a computer which gives it the electronics sound. The musicians that were producing techno were known […]

Techno in Detroit

The Techno Way Detroit Techno is the beginning of Techno as we know it today. Techno is referred to as “Detroit Techno” when it is in its original form, origin, and definitive sound. Detroit Techno emerged during the 1980s and early 1990s.  The Belleville Three Juan Atkins Derrick May Kevin Saunderson Elements/Commodification Social Implications/Influence Futuristic/Cold […]

Detroit Techno-Blake Baxter

ABOUT DETROIT TECHNO Though many people associate techno music with the dance floors of Europe, the futuristic dance music that became known as techno was actually pioneered in Detroit, where it’s still celebrated to this day. In the 1980s, three high school friends from Belleville, Michigan, began making music with the idea of combining the […]

Jeff Mills – The Wizard

Jeff Mills Jeffery Eugene Mills was born June 18, 1953 in Detroit, MI.  Mills is know widely as a techno DJ, composer, producer, and recording artist.  Nicknamed as “The Wizard,” Mills became a force to be reckoned with in the world of Techno.  Being known for the power of his music and his industrial DJ […]

The Belleville Three: Techno

“The Belleville Three” Juan Atkins Spet. 12, 1962 (age 56) Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Derrick May April 6, 1963 (age 56) Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Kevin Maurice Saunderson  September 5, 1964 (age 54) Brooklyn ,NY (At age nine moved to Detroit , Michigan) “What is Belleville?” The location of Belleville was key to the formation of the […]

High Tech: A look into the World of Techno

AN Intro to Techno When I thought about Techno , I had always considered it more of a “White” thing. It shocked me to find out that Techno was created by three Black Men. Techno was created in the mid 1980s in Detroit, Michigan. Techno gets its unique sound from the used of computerized sounds […]


Origin: Detroit, commonly known as the Motor City, was the founding city of techno. The artists that are credited with its establishment are known as “The Belleville Three”. The members included: Juan Atkins who was the initiator, Derrick May( the innovator), and Kevin Saunderson(the elevator). Because the three were one of the few Blacks in […]

The History of Techno Music

Origin of the Genre Techno came out of Detroit in the 1980’s as underground dance music and subculture. Techno music took technology and made it a black secret. It came from the melding of black styles including Chicago house, funk, electro, and electric jazz with electronic music. It is built primarily on computers by sound […]