English PEN Modern Literature Festival – Sam Winston & Jamie Perera on Zunar

I’m really pleased to reveal a small project that Sam Winston and I worked on with English PEN Modern Literature Festival 2016 and The Enemies Project. We created and ‘performed’ a new work to highlight Zunar, a cartoonist who has been drawing editorial cartoons for the past 20 years in Malaysia. He has been charged with nine counts of sedition and faces 43 years in prison under the controversial Sedition Act, but says he will ‘draw until the last drop of ink’. We hope that this small act draws attention to him and all writers at risk around the world.

Sounds and narrative:

– Zunar
– Universal Declaration of Human Rights
– Universal Declaration of Human Rights (subverted)
– Sounds of Malaysian protest
– Sounds of Malaysian government suppression
– Zunar

Sonifying Global Deaths from Terror

As part of our ongoing data sonification project “Climate Symphony”, we decided to go freelance and see if we could find out what the global deaths from terrorism during the 14 years of the war on terror sounds like.

So you have here this chart as featured in The Economist [twitter.com/TheEconomist/status/667120864224235521]

You might notice a bass note that rises and falls at the beginning, then stays the same all the way through. That’s the West, that is. They had a ‘blip’ or terrorism in 2001 (World Trade Centre?) and then it’s never got above 1,000 since.

Then, there’s percussion all the way through, representing the years going by from 2000. When everything stops there’s a few more as it fades…because the rest of the story still needs writing.

[Climate Symphony is a data sonification project from Disobedient Films in collaboration with Jamie Perera. More info on that soon cialis generique discount. Til then: www.scidev.net/global/data/multi…y-data-sound.html]

Stacey Dooley: Sex in Strange Places – Series

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Original music

Broadcaster: BBC3

Executive producers: George Carey and Brian Woods

Directors: Joyce Trozzo, David Fuller, Lottie Gammon

Stacey Dooley travels to Turkey, Russia and Brazil to uncover surprising and shocking stories about these countries’ attitudes towards sex and prostitution. Turkey is one of the only countries in the world that has legal brothels, but now conservativism is on the rise, sex workers fear for their lives. In Russia, prostitution is seen by some as a glamorous and lucrative profession, but Stacey uncovers a world of corruption and exploitation. Brazil has a reputation as a sexually liberal nation, but why are many transgender people discriminated against? Stacey puts tough questions to brothel owners and government officials, and talks to prostitutes and people affected by sex crimes to uncover a different and dark side of these three countries.

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Soundswarm with Grey Filastine for COP21

Well, this was nice. After a few heartfelt conversations with Grey Filastine, I cycled all over Paris with a massive boombox strapped to my back, constructed a swarm sound system with the Jardin de Alice Hackspace, created ambient loops of nature being fucked over, ticking clocks, swarms of bees, and then just when it looked certain that the police were going to arrest anyone that was walking in groups greater than two, we were freely performing it all over Paris for COP21. It’s nice to co-create reactive sound art. Composition can be very passive sometimes.

We also whipped the Saudi embassy. But Al Jazeera didn’t show it for some reason 🙂

Rivers & Streams – 5 stars – Guardian Review

Great review for the latest album “Rivers & Streams” by Lubomyr Melnyk co-produced by myself and Robert Raths from Erased Tapes Records. Very happy to have also co-written Ripples in a Water Scene and Sunshimmers with Lubomyr on this. The whole album is a great journey peut on acheter du cialis sur internet. Please have a listen to it! Or even better, buy it!

Here’s a link to listen on iTunes

Here’s a link to buy vinyl and cds

Review below.

“Lubomyr Melnyk is one of the world’s fastest yet little-known pianists and, since his 2013 album Corollaries finally opened him up to a new audience, the fact that he can play up to 19.5 notes per second has been touted as his defining quality. The effect is of iridescent notes that could be a thousand wind chimes, caught between turmoil and serenity. Melnyk’s titles are often fitting: Parasol sounds like sunshades spinning in the daylight, and Ripples in a Water Scene like ripples in a water scene; the crushingly sombre The Pool of Memories might well induce a pool of tears. He adds acoustic guitar to some pieces, and flute on the final two tracks, which are dedicated to the Amazon. The finale sounds like a spa relaxation CD gone off on an unhinged, psychedelic tangent, as if he’s trying to conjure the elements. While that may not strictly be possible, Melnyk’s truly defining quality is surely the constant tingle that his music leaves in your heart”.

Original review:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/nov/26/lubomyr-melnyk-rivers-and-streams-review-notes-of-iridescence