Producer, DJ, composer, and UCSD Assistant Teaching Professor King Britt‘s Blacktronica: Afrofuturism in Electronic Music course will feature some well-known names this fall.
Available to all UCSD students, the course “honors the people of color, who pioneered groundbreaking genres within electronic music” according to a course description. Throughout the course, students will learn about “the lineage of many of the groundbreaking Black electronic artists who have been integral but overlooked in the development and commodification of House, Techno, Drum and Bass and experimental music.”
According to the Blacktronica Instagram page, the course will include artists Mad Professor, Ron Trent, Flying Lotus, and others. It will also feature a mixture of guest lectures by these artists along with live performances.
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Philadelphia-native King James Britt, a 30+ year composer/producer in electronic music, joined the Pew Fellowship in 2007. He received a $50,000 grant, the largest amount that artists can be awarded. The Pew Charitable Trust aims to “award outstanding artists who live and work within the five-county Philadelphia area, who have a demonstrated commitment and professional accomplishment within their field.”
The Blacktronica course is a recent addition to UCSD’s lecture program and has been attended by artists such as Questlove and Goldie.