Detroit sound-designer

Rod Modell (a.k.a. Deepchord) is a sound-designer with 25 years involvement in electronic music and over 50 releases under various aliases and styles. Beginning with more industrial and ambient forms of sonic experimentation, Rod worked with Kim Cascone and his then record-label Silent, performing with notable industrial acts such as Chris & Cosey and SPK. While attending art school and studying photography, Rod lived in Detroit’s Eastern-Market area, the location of the infamous ‘techno boulevard’, and home to Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson during that time. Submersing himself in the blossoming Detroit Techno scene (in the early 1990s), a journey from a more experimental sound into Detroit’s techno-world was inevitable. Modell co-founded the Deepchord record label in Detroit during the mid-90s, after producing with Mike Schommer, also under the name Deepchord. While Deepchord respected and admired (fellow Detroiters) Underground Resistance for their D.I.Y. attitude and independence, and it was because of this respect and admiration that Deepchord declined offers from top techno labels of the time, in favour of doing it by themselves. Many consider Deepchord to be the second wave of the ‘Basic Channel sound’, and came years before the onslaught of imitators. After 16 releases on Deepchord, Rod went on to co-found Echospace, with Stephen Hitchell. Echospace released two full length albums and five 12” singles on Modern Love, and a slew of releases on their own Echospace imprint. 2007’s ‘The Coldest Season’ and 2010’s ‘Liumin’ are now critically acclaimed electronic music classics. Rod also operated an audio-mastering facility in Detroit from 1995-2005, employing his services to many electronic record labels, including Richie Hawtin’s M-NUS imprint. Rod’s recent projects include a collaboration with K Soublis (Fluxion) for Echocord in Denmark, remixes for fellow Detroiter Aaron Carl on ‘Millions Of Moments’, remixes for DFA Records, reworkings of Juan Atkins’ ‘Starlight’, Remakes of ‘Miranda’ for Convextion, and new versions of Slam’s Groovelock for Soma Quality Recordings in Glasgow. Deepchord has also been featured on numerous mix CDs, including Deadbeat’s (Scott Monteith) ‘Radio Rothko’ and ‘Electronic Flavors’ mixed by Henrik Schwarz. During the last five years, Rod has been travelling often, preferring to spend as much time as possible living abroad, and has performed live in 18 countries.


Rod Modell


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