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From Midnight to Broad Daylight: The constructive capabilities of techno and
Unformatted Document Text:  From Midnight to Broad Daylight 20 They maintained this local, music based community via the establishment of a number of local record labels. An example of the political racial tension that hovered over Detroit’s early "techno" scene is a move executed by Underground Resistance, better known as UR. Arguably the most overtly political of Detroit’s underground "techno" labels, UR released one of its first promotional releases, "Waveform," as a black label, instead of the more typical white label, a move which Sicko speculates might have been "an early reaction against white techno artists…Its [UR's] attitude was marked more by caution and protection of its own turf and the Detroit techno sound in general" (1999, p. 145-146). As the years went on, Detroit as a whole established itself and came to be known as a constant leader in the production of techno music and talented DJs. For skeptical individuals or those not in the know, verification came in the form of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. The accomplishment of the festival in 2000 offers a sign of hope and signal of rebirth for the city of Detroit. Unlike the downbeat media coverage of rave events, reporting of DEMF was overwhelmingly positive as the festival lived up to its original intent of showcasing Detroit's talent and drawing together an audience much more heterogeneous in age and race than is typically found at raves. Prior to the event, Carol Craig, owner of Planet E Records and principal creator/producer of DEMF gave the following statement, I feel that the diversity of the people this event could draw will help expand the cultural diversity within Detroit…different cultures coming to the city that don't usually get together…I think that this can help to develop the image that people have of Detroit," (Glazer, 1999). The original intent of DEMF was to raise citizens' awareness of the constructive musical community that has and continues to emerge from Detroit, a city that is nationally known for its excessive crime rates and down trodden environment.

Authors: Farrugia, Rebekah.
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From Midnight to Broad Daylight
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They maintained this local, music based community via the establishment of a number of local
record labels.
An example of the political racial tension that hovered over Detroit’s early "techno" scene
is a move executed by Underground Resistance, better known as UR. Arguably the most overtly
political of Detroit’s underground "techno" labels, UR released one of its first promotional
releases, "Waveform," as a black label, instead of the more typical white label, a move which
Sicko speculates might have been "an early reaction against white techno artists…Its [UR's]
attitude was marked more by caution and protection of its own turf and the Detroit techno sound
in general" (1999, p. 145-146). As the years went on, Detroit as a whole established itself and
came to be known as a constant leader in the production of techno music and talented DJs. For
skeptical individuals or those not in the know, verification came in the form of the Detroit
Electronic Music Festival.
The accomplishment of the festival in 2000 offers a sign of hope and signal of rebirth for
the city of Detroit. Unlike the downbeat media coverage of rave events, reporting of DEMF was
overwhelmingly positive as the festival lived up to its original intent of showcasing Detroit's
talent and drawing together an audience much more heterogeneous in age and race than is
typically found at raves. Prior to the event, Carol Craig, owner of Planet E Records and principal
creator/producer of DEMF gave the following statement,
I feel that the diversity of the people this event could draw will help expand the cultural
diversity within Detroit…different cultures coming to the city that don't usually get
together…I think that this can help to develop the image that people have of Detroit,"
(Glazer, 1999).
The original intent of DEMF was to raise citizens' awareness of the constructive musical
community that has and continues to emerge from Detroit, a city that is nationally known for its
excessive crime rates and down trodden environment.


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