Second Edition Mix - 9/28/20

Triple Canopy · DeForrest Brown, Jr.: Stereomodernism

Alongside the release of the 2nd edition hats, HECHA / 做 also released a limited run of 50 shirts with designs adapted from the legendary illustrator A. Qadim Haqq, who has provided artworks for the Detroit techno artists such as Juan Atkins (Model 500), Underground Resistance and Drexciya since the 1980s. The shirt adapts Haqq’s iconic imagery titled “Operating System for the Redesign of Sonic Reality” which was commissioned by DeForrest Brown Jr | Speaker Music to accompany his “Stereomodernism” essay and mix for the online publication Triple Canopy.


Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon & White Band, “Homecoming Marching In/Tunnel,” live recording, October 5, 2019
Bookworms, “Appropriation Loops,” Appropriation Loops (2018)
Atlantis, “Words from Atlantis,” Interstellar Fugitives - Destruction of Order (2005)
YATTA, “Cowboys,” WAHALA (2019)
The Detroit Escalator Co., “Folding Space,” Black Buildings (2001)
Mad Mike (ft. Atlantis), “Chaos & Order,” Interstellar Fugitives - Destruction of Order (2005) (Speaker Music’s Black Atlantic edit)
Population One, “Free Falling Forever,” Unknown Black Shapes (1994)
Arpanet, “The Analyst,” Wireless Internet (2002)
Aybee, “The Professor,” The Odyssey (2017)
Dopplereffekt, “Scientist,” Gesamtkunstwerk (1999)
Der Zyklus, “Facial Vectors,” Biometry (2004)
Urban Tribe, “Biohazard,” Authorized Clinical Trials (2006)
Lab Rat XL, “Lab Rat 2,” Mice or Cyborg (2003)
Derrick May, “Feel Surreal Ends the Feel Surreal,” Innovator (1998)
L.A.M. (Life After Mutation), “Nuclear Facelift,” Balance of Terror (1992)
DJ Di’Jital, “Mutant Creations Compute,” Finyl Frontier of Electro (2017)
Alice Coltrane, “Ptah, the El Daoud,” Ptah, the El Daoud (1970)
DJ S² and Von Floyd, “ISF2 Post Emancipation Psychosis,” Interstellar Fugitives - Destruction of Order (2005)
AceMoMA, “Start the Riot,” A New Dawn (2020)
Suburban Knight, “Maroon,” Interstellar Fugitives (1998)
Andre Holland, “Unabomber,” Interstellar Fugitives (1998)
The Vision, “Crush, Kill, Destroy,” Gyroscopic (1991)
DJ Stingray 313, “Interest Rates,” F.T.N.W.O. (2012)
Underground Resistance (Mike “Mad” Banks), interview, Slices: The Electronic Music Magazine 3-06, September 10, 2006
Joe McPhee, “Cosmic Love,” Cosmic Love (1970)
The Clark Sisters, “Is My Living in Vain? (Live),” Gospel (1983)

First Edition Mix - 11/1/18

The ‘Make Techno Black Again’ mix is a tribute to the extended thoughts and techniques that went into the composition of Detroit techno. In the wake of the collapse of the Ford Industry and subsequent “white flight,” techno in response was political and rebellious. 

To quote Gerald Donald (Drexicya/ Dopplereffekt), “[Electronic music] in particular is a response to urban decadence and the entire spectrum of the socio-economic condition. It’s an expression of a dystopian condition.”

Expanding from these words, the mix is designed to be a self-reflective and non-linear tour of Detroit techno as a machine of momentum and an expansion of black music with the aid of newly acquired technology. Jeff Mills’ DJ sets with Underground Resistance in which hardware drum machines and synthesizers were hotwired into Mill’s own three vinyl deck setup was my main source of inspiration, wanting to recreate the fearless experimentalism of a live techno set from the 90s. Techno is assembly line music at its most beautiful and gritty.


Detroit in Effect - Nothing’s like Detroit (The Recession)
Sourced Audio #1: Documentary on Detroit by Ford Motors
Sourced Audio #2: How Detroit Became a Warzone
Rhythm is Rhythm - It is What it is
The Shadow - Free as You Want to Be
Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Body and Soul
Model 500 - Techno Music (M500 Version)
Sourced Audio #3 / #4: DJ Rolando / Terrence Parker
Underground Resistance - Greater Than Yourself
DJ Stingray - Cognitive Load Theory
Dopplereffekt - Superior Race
Theo Parrish - Any Other Styles?
The Deacon - Fuji
Mad Mike - Attack of the Samurai
Drexciya - Aqua Jujitsu
Kyle Hall - Body of Water
Drexciya - Black Sea (Aqualung Version)
Transllusion - Disrupted Neural Gateway
Underground Resistance - Kill My Radio Station
KMFH - Flemmenup
The Detroit Escalator Co. - Mandela / Toronto
Underground Resistance - Base Camp Alpha 808
AUX 88 - Direct Drive
Urban Tribe - Sophistry
DJ Assault - Accelerated Funk
Sourced Audio #5: Mad Mike
Mystic Tribe AI - Telepathic Seduction
Terrence Dixon - Dark City of Hope
Dopplereffekt - Isotropy
NRSB-11 - 6231-478 3
Source Audio #6: Jeff Mills, Robert Hood and Mad Mike aka Underground Resistance Live in New York at Limelight (1992)

~ Speaker Music (DeForrest Brown, Jr.)