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Friday, May 26 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Futurism and Techno

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A discussion with Techno’s originator, Juan Atkins and Physicist Dr. Stephon Alexander on their parallel trajectories as scientists and musicians. Created and moderated by Everard Findlay.

What do a small group of innovators in Detroit manipulating and repurposing physical tools such as record players and speakers, synthesizers and drum machines, have to do with world-renowned physicists working to crack open the matter mysteries of the universe?
These thought leaders will have a discourse on their parallel trajectories; of transport to alternate realms through experimentation, theory and practice, repeating and refining until breakthrough and transcendent revelation occurs. The evening will be an examination of the way this music relates to the universe itself, and of the ways in which Techno’s cosmic nature has formed such a compelling call to motion across the globe as we collectively contend with ever-accelerating global change.


Moderators
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Everard Findlay

Everard Findlay LLC.
Everard Findlay creates strategies for a broad swath of world leaders, with the core value of creating opportunities for greater cross-disciplinary understanding and innovation. | | For the past 15 years, Everard Findlay LLC has been widely recognized as a global thought-leader, providing targeted strategic consultancy and brand development for clients ranging from countries to cities, regions, corporations, recording and visual artists, Ivy-league universities and foundations. Findlay is actively engaged in fostering alignment across the public, private and NGO fields to achieve healthy economic, environmental and social growth. | | Work has been featured in press outlets such as: The Wall Street Journal, Vogue Magazine, Town... Read More →

Speakers
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Dr. Stephon Alexander

Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Musician, Author, Brown University, Professor of Physics
Physicist and musician Stephon Alexander has straddled the two worlds of theoretical physics and jazz music over the last two decades. He works on the connection between the smallest and largest entities in the universe pushing Einstein’s theory of curved space-time to extremes, beyond the big bang with sub atomic... Read More →
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Juan Atkins

Metro Plex Records
Juan Atkins is generally recognized as one of the creators of techno music, which spawned a whole group of genres now known as electronica, and he was probably the first person to apply the word "techno" to music. His novel electronic soundscapes influenced nearly every genre of music that came after. Despite recognition in the form of an exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum, he remains among the most obscure of modern musical pioneers. Techno music originated in Detroit, Michigan, and it was there that Atkins was born on September 12, 1962. Fans worldwide associate the music with Detroit's often bleak landscape, littered with abandoned buildings and other relics of the roaring 1920s and the golden age of the automobile. Atkins himself shared his impressions of Detroit's desolate core with techno historian Dan Sicko: "I was smack in the middle of downtown, on Griswold. I was looking at this building and I see the faded imprint of American Airline [a logo], the shadow after they took the sign down. It just brought home to me the thing about... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
#ChaseBasecamp - M-1 Board Room | Masonic Temple 500 Temple Street, Detroit, MI 48201