library

Our co-editor Ryan Clarke has researched a list of articles, interviews and documentaries about techno and its history. We have compiled it into this library that will be updated as we find more relevant work.

It is organized by date and divided into two lists “Reading” and “Audio/Visual”.

Reading

On Repetition in Black Culture, by James A. Snead, 1981

Machine Soul: A History Of Techno, by Jon Savage, 1993

The Black Atlantic, by Paul Gilroy, 1993

The Roots of Techno, by Dan Sicko, 1994

Club Cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital, by Sarah Thornton, 1995

The Constructivist Moment: From El Lissitzky to Detroit Techno, by Barrett Watten, 1997

The Cultural Politics of Dance Music, by David Hesmondhalgh, 1997

A Tale of Two Cities: Our 1998 Feature on the Racial Politics of Detroit Techno, by Mike Rubin, 1998

More Brilliant Than The Sun: Adventures In Sonic Fiction: Concept Engineered, by Kodwo Eshun, 1998

techno! the new dance sound of detroit, by Stuart Cosgrove, 1998

Techno Bodies: Muscling with Gender in Contemporary Dance, by Ann Cooper Albright, 1998

An interview with James Stinson, by Andrew Duke, 1999

“Back to the Future”: Hearing, Rituality, and Techno, by Tim Becker, Raphael Woebs and Linda Fuji, 1999

Techno Rebels, by Dan Sicko, 1999

“Africa As an Alien Future”: The Middle Passage, Afrofuturism, and Postcolonial Waterworld, by Ruth Mayer, 2000

In the Mix: Hearing the Souls of Black Folk, by Alexander Weheliye, 2000

Music; Techno Dances With Jazz, by Mike Rubin, 2001

Black Street Technology: Detroit Techno and the Information Age, Ben Williams, 2001

Existential Strategies: The Making of Community and Politics in the Techno/Rave Scene, by Ronald Hitzler and Michaela Pfadenhauer, 2002

Further Considerations on Afrofuturism, by Kodwo Eshun, 2003

In the Flesh Again, Keleigh Casper, 2004

Music Is the Message (Jeff Mills is the prophet of Detroit Techno. Hari Kunzru spoke to him…), by Hari Kunzru, 2004

Post Soul Futurama: African American cultural politics and early Detroit Techno, by Sean Abiez, 2005

Blackness in Present Future Tense: Broadside Press, Motown Records, and Detroit Techno by Wendy S. Walters, 2006

The Aquatic Invasion: A Drexciya Discography Review, by Shawn O’Sullivan, 2006

Detroit’s rhythmic resistance: Electronic music and community pride, by Carla Vecchiola, 2006

Over the Edge: Pushing the Boundaries of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, edited by Rhonda Dass, Anthony Guest-Scott, J. Meryl Krieger and Adam Zolkover, 2007

Is This the Future? Black Music and Technology Discourse, by Nabeel Zuberi, 2007

Fear Of A Wet Planet, Kodwo Eshun, 2009

Mixed Messages: Resistance and Reappropriation in Rave Culture, by Brian L. Ott  & Bill D. Herman, 2009

The Race For Cyberspace: Information Technology in the Black Diaspora, by Julian Bleecker, 2010

Submerge in Detroit: Techno’s Creative Response to Urban Crisis, by C. Vecchiola, 2011

Beyond the Hood? Detroit Techno, Underground Resistance, and African American Metropolitan Identity Politics, by Christoph Schaub, 2011

Hooked on an Affect: Detroit Techno and Dystopian Digital Culture, by Richard Pope, 2011

Jeff Mills explores his 10 landmark techo releases, 2011

Building the Beloved Community Through Techno Music Production in Detroit, by Deborah Che, 2012

Vessels of Transfer: Allegories of Afrofuturism in Jeff Mills and Janelle Monáe, by Tobias, C. Van Veen, 2013

The Vibe of the Exiles: Aliens, Afropsychedelia and Psyculture, by Graham St John, 2013

The Roots of Techno: Detroit’s Club Scene 1973-1985, by Ashley Zlatopolsky, 2014

“White Brothers With No Soul” – Un Tuning the Historiography of Berlin Techno, interview of Professor Alexander G by Annie Goh, 2014

Nightclubbing: An Oral History of Detroit’s Motor, by Michaelangelo Matos, 2015

Real estate, gentrification and nightlife in New York, by Max Pearl, 2016

When Techno Was House: Chicago’s Impact on the Birth of Techno, by Jacob Arnold, 2017

Dancing in the Technoculture, by Hillegonda C Rietveld, 2018

Race, Class, and Place in the Origins of Techno and Rap Music, by William Tsitsos, 2018

Gay Black Men Helped Create EDM. Why Do Straight White Men Dominate It?, by Katie Bain, 2018

Detroit is Techno City, and techno is Black, by Imani Mixon, 2018

Inside ‘Neptune’s Lair’: Drexciya, Dystopia and Afrofuturism, by Charlie Mills, (2018 ???)

Keeping it Real, by Ash Lauryn, 2019

Techno is technocracy, by Deforrest Brown Jr, 2019

The Afro-Digital Migration: A DJ’s Journey From Hip Hop to House Music, Lynnée Denise, 2011 (???)

2010-19: Reflections Of A Black Woman In Dance Music, by Ash Lauryn, 2020

Reverse Hallucinations in the Lower Delta, by Ryan Clarke, 2020

Drexciya Research Lab: Interviews/Press/Info Sheets etc – Google Drive, compiled by DRL, 2020

‘Make techno black again’: a social experiment subverts whitewashing in clubs, by Andre Wheeler, 2020

The Untold Story Of The Detroit Regional Music Conference, by Tajh Morris, 2020

Harnessed the Storm–Rereading Drexicya with The Black Atlantic, Mick Harvey, 2020

A Conversation on the Bleaching of Techno: How Appropriation is Normalized and Preserved, by Axmed Maxamed and Mathys Rennela, 2020

Dance Music Pioneer Kevin Saunderson: The Scene Is Still Failing Black Artists, interview by Katie Bain, 2020

Audio/Visual

Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno, documentary produced by Much Music, 1998

Techno City: What is Detroit Techno?, documentary directed by Ben Cohen, 2000

Pump Up the Volume: A History of House Music, produced by Channel 4, 2001

Drexciya Interview, audio interview by Liz Copeland, 2002

Maestro Documentary – (Larry Levan, Paradise Garage History), directed by Josell Ramos, 2003

Mad Mike Banks UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE Interview Part 1 and Part 2, audio interview by True to the Underground, 2004

High Tech Soul: The creation of Techno Music, by Gary Bredow, 2006

Roots of Techno: Black DJs and the Detroit Scene. Session 1, Panelists: Catherine Burkhart, Lina Stephens [absent], Sulaiman Mausi; Moderator: Denise Dalphon, 2006

Roots of Techno: Black DJs and the Detroit Scene. Session 2, Panelists: Rick Wilhite [substituting for Juan Atkins], Mike Clark, Terrence Parker, Cornelius Harris; Moderator: Denise Dalphond, 2006

Roots of Techno: Black DJs and the Detroit Scene. Session 3 (End of Session 2), Panelists: DJ Minx, Theo Parish, Marcellus Pittman ; moderator: Denise Dalphond, 2006

“Black to Techno”, directed by Jenn Nkiru, 2019