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Soul​-​Making Theodicy

by Speaker Music

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“There are no drum-machines, only rhythm synthesizers programming new intensities from white noise.”
- Kodwo Eshun, More Brilliant Than the Sun

Speaker Music follows up his acclaimed “Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry” with a four track EP “Soul-Making Theodicy”. A sample of a developing gestural praxis of electronic drumming inspired by percussionists such as Rashied Ali, Max Roach, Metro Boomin and Steve Poindexter. Recorded by hand using haptic rhythm synthesizers via iPad and Push alongside a 49-Key MIDI Controller––routed through Ableton and mixed live into stereophonic paintings, or further abstractions of rhythm and soul.

Edging the Glass Cliff: A Music Revenue Report in an Age of Diminishing Expectations written by Ting Ding 丁汀 and DeForrest Brown, Jr., commissioned by Unsound for INTERMISSION Book


released March 26, 2021

Cover Photo by Ting Ding 丁汀, taken at Rauschenberg Residency in March 2020


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Speaker Music

DeForrest Brown, Jr. is an Ex-American theorist, journalist, and curator. He produces digital audio and extended media as Speaker Music and is a representative of the Make Techno Black Again campaign. On Juneteenth of 2020, he released the album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry on Planet Mu, and Primary Information will publish his first book Assembling a Black Counter Culture in 2021. ... more

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