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Bio

DeForrest Brown, Jr. & James Hoff

DeForrest Brown, Jr. is a New York-based 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. His most recent writing can be found in Afropunk, Artforum and Hyperallergic. Primary Information will publish his book Assembling a Black Counter Culture in 2020.


James Hoff is an artist based in Brooklyn, N.Y. His work encompasses a variety of media, including painting, sound, and performance, as well as a publishing practice with the organization Primary Information, which he co-founded and edits. In recent years, his work has focused on language and ambient media at the intersection of developing technologies, military/industrial technologies, and networked communication in relationship to social/political space. He has released two records on PAN (How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away and BLASTER) as well as the audio visual project HOBO UFO (v. Chernobyl), which debuted at Unsound in 2017.


‘Project for Revolution in New York’ is an elegiac composition that communicates the brief but meaningful moment of solidarity amongst United States citizens in response to the state-sponsored murders of nearly 200 African-American people by police departments around the nation throughout the year 2020. The arrangement includes earworms performed by a computer-generated brass ensemble in the style of American composer Samuel Barber placed within the frame of field recordings made at Black Lives Matter protests in New York held at Washington Square Park, Thomas Paine Park, Worth Street around Broadway and Third Avenue around 22nd Street.