Back in August, Point Blank launched its Style Guide series with James Wiltshire that explores the origins, tools, and techniques of electronic music’s core genres.

The latest installment focuses on techno, a style which combined the avant-garde electronica that was coming out of Europe in the early ‘70s and ‘80s with the electric funk and post-disco beamed from Detroit’s underground radio stations. Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson were the key artists at the helm of the new genre and began to create what is now known as Detroit techno.

In addition to charting the history, James Wiltshire also provides knowledge on techno’s sound design techniques and crafting a track in Ableton live.

You can watch the two-part installment via the players below, with more on Point Blank and its courses here.