Screen/Society--Aural Futures--Special presentation of a work-in-progress: "God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines" +Q&A w/ curator Ingrid LaFleur & filmakers
Special presentation of a work-in-progress: "God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines"
(Kristian Hill, 60 min, USA)
Starring Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May and Eddie Fowlkes, "God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines" tells the lost stories of the underground music scene in 1980's Detroit and how it revolutionized and changed dance music forever. Against the backdrop of a struggling city, the thriving genre of techno was born, which evolved to become the 7.4 billion dollar EDM industry - one that is dominated by white artists. The film tells the story of the African American men who created it, and how the business of music betrayed them.
About the Aural Futures Series:
Curated by Ingrid LaFleur from AFROTOPIA & Negar Mottahedeh at Duke University, Aural Futures is a film series that explores the foundational musical aesthetics of Afrofuturism, with its multiple realities, temporalities, and philosophies of technology. To complete the music ecosystem, we have curated a selection of storytellers and performers to create an Afrofuturist evening of musical vibes and visions following tonight's film + Q&A, at 9pm in Duke Coffee House (East Campus). Hearing the music, watching the performance and the organic movement that it calls forth is an integral part of the Afrofuturist experience.
Part of "Visionary Aponte: Art & Black Freedom"(aponte.dukefsp.org)
Related event (9pm-11:30pm, Duke Coffee House): https://tinyurl.com/AuralfuturesLive