Zoë Blade's notebook

Derrick May

Derrick May, along with Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, is one of the pioneers of Detroit techno. Under the alias Rhythim Is Rhythim, he released the seminal tracks "Nude Photo" and "Strings of Life" in 1987.


Why not spend a little time and put a little courage into developing what you believe in? You just don't know what you can do until you try. I think people should take a bit of pride in trying to be original — you know — a little original?

— Derrick May, 1990[1]

Equipment list

Pre 1990

Additions circa 1990

Additions circa 1995

Selected discography


  1. "Techno Rhythim" Simon Trask, Music Technology, Nov 1990, pp. 38—42
  2. "Mixing up the motor city" Rob Green, The Mix, Apr 1995, p. 18
  3. "Mixing metaphors" Tim Barr, The Mix, Jun 1995, pp. 88—92


Artists: Aphex Twin | Autechre | Derrick May | Fatboy Slim | Juan Atkins | Kevin Saunderson | Kraftwerk | LFO (artist) | Man Machine | Moby | Nine Inch Nails | Orbital | Richie Hawtin | The Future Sound of London | The Prodigy | Underworld | Vladimir Ussachevsky | Wendy Carlos | William Orbit | Zoë Blade

Detroit techno: Derrick May | Juan Atkins | Kevin Saunderson