My Podcast on Afrofuturism and Techno Music

Here is the link to the podcast that I researched and produced for my Africana Studies Senior Seminar final project.

I investigated Afrofuturism and thought about how techno, particularly Detroit Techno, fit into Afrofuturist themes and ideologies.  Furthermore, I thought about what the “cultural-exchange” between primarily Black Detroit Techno and primarily white Euro (specifically Berlin) techno really means in the context of cultural appropriation and exploitation.  I posit that erasure of black cultural expression is intrinsic to the white supremacist project and contemporary Euro techno juggernauts that are interested in cultivating Detroit through techno music certainly have the right intentions (and the capital that many Detroit natives lack) but need to think carefully about negotiating their position in a historically black and disenfranchised city.

– Kristy Choi

Brown University

My sources (for further exploration):

Academic or Critical:

Albiez, Sean. “Post-Soul Futurama: African American Cultural Politics and Early Detroit Techno.” European Journal of American Culture 24, no. 2 (2005): 131–52.

Eshun, Kodwo. More Brilliant Than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction. London: Quartet Books, 1998.

Fouché, Rayvon. “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud: African Americans, American Artifactual Culture, and Black Vernacular Technological Creativity.” American Quarterly 58, no. 3 (2006): 639–61.

Akomfrah, John, and Black Audio Film Collective.;Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.;Channel Four (Great Britain);First Run/Icarus Films. The Last Angel of History. First Run/Icarus Films, 1995.

Weheliye, Alexander G. Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity. Durham [N.C.]: Duke University Press, 2005.

Media or Online
Glasspiegel, Wills. Midwest Electric: The Story of Chicago House and Detroit Techno, 2011.