On East Grand Boulevard, is a place where some of Detroit Techno’s fiercest tracks have been conceived, for the world to wonder about. In addition to being the home of Submerge, 3000 E. Grand Blvd. is also the world headquarters of the seminal techno group, Underground Resistance, led by Mad Mike Banks, the wunderkind DJ, producer and composer who, via his satellite group Galaxy 2 Galaxy is responsible for such global hits as “Jaguar”, “Transition” and “Kill My Radio Station.” To Learn more see the 360-degree video clip below:
Another component of the fortress housing UR, is the Metroplex Room (seen in the video clip above). It is a museum, and a monument to the giants of Detroit techno, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Buzz Goree, Mark Flash, Rolando, Cybotron and the best of all things Detroit Techno. Original records from the golden era of techno, as well as Gold and Platinum copies of “Good Life”, Strings of Life, and others, are encased in custom-made glass cases.
Visitors can only access the museum and record store in the basement by appointment. However, making one is well worth the wait, as the techno lover in you can be transported back to another time and place, and revel in the one of a kind sound that is Detroit Techno. (By Karriem Holman)