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King Britt

Computer Music


Office: WLH 2146

Pew Fellowship recipient, King James Britt (his real name) is a 30+ year, producer, composer and performer in electronic music.

His position as Teaching Professor in Computer Music carries a unique perspective, bringing a non-linear approach and knowledge to the department by focusing on various modern forms of electronic music pedagogy, and research, while continuing to be an active force in the music industry.

As a composer and producer, his practice has lead to collaborations with the likes of De La SoulAlarm Will Sound OrchestraMoor Mother, director Michael Mann (Miami Vice) and many others, as well as being called for remixes from an eclectic list of giants, including, Meredith MonkSolange to Calvin Harris. Most recently collaborating with MacArthur Fellow / Pulitzer Prize Tyshawn Sorey for the critically claimed album, Tyshawn & King.

In his role as performer, he has travelled globally playing thousands of venues and festivals, including, AfroPunk (NYC)Berghain (Berlin)MoogFest (Durham), Le Guess Who Festival (Utrecht)  and The Kitchen (NYC).  King was also the original DJ for the Grammy Award winning Digable Planets

As a curator, he has worked with many prestigious establishments, including MoMA PS1, Geffen Contemporary and most recently Carnegie Hall, sitting on the curatorial council for their Afrofuturism Festival.

Blacktronika : Afrofuturism In Electronic Music, is a  UC San Diego lecture course, created by King, researching and honoring the people of color, who have pioneered groundbreaking genres within the electronic music landscape. Genres span from Chicago House, Detroit Techno and Drum & Bass music. Using his position in the industry, the class has been attended by many, including QuestloveHerbie Hancock and Flying Lotus.