Residency Period: May 2013
Dave Tompkins visits Miami to research for his forthcoming publication, which speaks to properties of 808 Bass through a sub-history of ossified invertebrates, man-made beaches, riots, skate rinks, cocaine, coral reefs, sea cucumbers, and a U-boat attack in 1942. Tompkins’s first book, How To Wreck A Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II To Hip-Hop, is now available in paperback. Amazon named it entertainment book of the year in 2010. He has lectured on the vocoder in Poland, Norway, Germany, and at the NSA’s National Cryptology Symposium. He has contributed to Slate, Grantland, Paris Review, Oxford American, and The Wire, where he wrote a hip-hop column for eight years. Born in North Carolina, he currently lives in Brooklyn.