1981 - Juan Atkins' Cybotron releases its first
single, "Alleys of Your Mind."
ANumberofNames releases single called "ShareVari".
1983 - Atkins releases "Techno City" and gives the
music a name.
1985 - DJ's Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson link with Atkins
to form a network of Detroit record labels.
1987 - Derrick May records "Strings of Life"
regarded by many to be Detroit Techno's seminal track.
1988 - Virgin Records releases the compilation "Techno!
The New Dance Sound of Detroit"
and introduces the music to Europe where it's wholeheartedly embraced.
1989 - Saunderson becomes a British pop star on the back of
singles like "Big Fun" and
1991- Carl Craig helps establish Detroit Techno's second
1992 - Jeff Mill's, Mike Bank's and Underground Resistance
launch an edgy, militant brand of their hometown's sound.
1993 - Windsor's Richie Hawtin, recording as Plastikman,
releases his first album and heads to superstar success.
1996 - Artists such as Stacey Pullen and Sean Deason exploit new
technology to craft the third wave of Detroit Techno.
2001 - The first Detroit Electronic Music Festival hits Hart
Plaza, drawing an estimated million people to the
2003 - "Techno: Detroit's Gift to the World" premieres at the
Detroit Historical Museum.