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Detroit: Techno City exhibition starts end of July

London’s ICA Fox Reading Room exhibition will chart a timeline of Detroit Techno music from the 1970s to the early 1990s

London ICA’s Detroit: Techno City exhibition kicks off at the end of the month. Taking place in the institute’s Fox Reading Room, it will look at “the evolution and subsequent dispersion of Detroit Techno music”, charting a timeline from the 1970s to the early 1990s.

Inspired by the 1988 compilation Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit released on 10 Records, and featuring the likes of Anthony Shakir, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and others, the series will focus on various aspects of the scene and music including analogue equipment used – like the legendary Roland TR808 – and how the sound travelled to Europe, inspiring a generation of producers such as Carl Craig, Richie Hawtin and Kenny Larkin. The exhibition takes a special focus on Underground Resistance’s Mike Banks, John Collins, Robert Hood and Jeff Mills.

NTS Radio will be presenting a series of online programmes to accompany the exhibition. Detroit: Techno City runs from 27 July–25 September.