Best of Best 2023 / Books / Limited Edition Books

Production of Place

  • Prize
    Best of Best in Limited Edition Books / Books
  • University
    Artcenter College of Design
  • Lead
    Lilian Pham
  • Team
    Instructor: Brad Bartlett; Co-Instructor: Charles Lin

“Production of Place” reframes techno, and its adjacent electronic music, such as house and disco, as a form of Black cultural production. From the secret songs of the Underground Railroad to the discrete Chicago warehouse raves, “underground music” has always been rooted within Black culture. The chapters cover an extensive history of the transatlantic slave trade, Harlem Renaissance, Industrial Revolution, and Jamaican sound systems to represent how techno, house, and disco music created a sense of place for Black and Brown communities through rhythm and sound.