Juan Atkins Beauty of Decay

The godfather of Detroit techno, Juan Atkins, takes a tour of his city in this video “The Beauty of Decay” brought to us by The Avant/Garde Diaries.

In the video, Juan Atkins discusses how Detroit, although a “cold and bleak,” “post-industrial” city, shaped him musically and still continues to stimulate creative energy in its current ruinous state.  He also shares his affinity for synthesizers and its ability to create unconventional sounds.

The video was produced by Julia Wilczok and features music by Juan Atkins.  Watch it here.

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