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.

Uk Income rises since 1961

(Work in progress) Sonified data showing how little the poorest 10 percent of the have gained in income compared to the top 10 percent over the last 40 years.
Low strings = poorest 10%
Piano = richest 10 %
Harp = middle 50%
Little drum = year
Big drum = 1 decade

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. Til then: www.scidev.net/global/data/multi…y-data-sound.html]

Stacey Dooley: Sex in Strange Places – Series


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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Lubomyr Melnyk releases ‘Rivers & Streams’ on 27th November

I’m so happy with this music, and really proud to be working with Lubomyr Melnyk and Robert Raths from Erased Tapes.

I’ve co-produced and co-written some of the tracks on Lubomyr’s up and coming album, released on the 27th November, namely the tracks Sun Shimmers, Ripples in a Water Scene, and Amazon.

I can’t tell you enough how good I think this music is , I’ll be playing with Lubomyr on the 3rd November at St Johns in Hackney.

Do check out the website for pre ordering and a sneak preview at http://www.erasedtapes.com/

War Child – Duty of Care

Jamie Perera: Music

Video: Warning graphic content

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The scenarios in this innovative, gaming-style video are drawn from real-life testimonies of children in War Child’s projects across Africa and the Middle East, who have witnessed and experienced the most unacceptable violations to their rights.

The HELP campaign is urging reform in the humanitarian system which currently neglects the needs and rights of children in war.

You can sign the HELP campaign petition at http://warchild.campaignion.org/help

The hard-hitting ‘Duty of Care’ video is at the forefront of War Child UK’s HELP campaign. It subverts first person shooting games by showing the horror of war through the eyes of Nima, a nine-year-old girl.

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The creative team behind the video were Heydon Prowse from BBC3’s The Revolution Will Be Televised, Creative Directors Guy Davidson and Daniel Clarke from London-based agency TOAD, Director Daniel Luchessi and the post production team at H&O and OgilvyOne.

The purpose of the campaign video is to engage people to sign the petition which calls on the UK Government to become champions for children in war, such as those Nima represents in the video.

Providing protection can reduce and prevent atrocities against children. Yet a shocking new statistic released by War Child UK reveals that less than 3% of humanitarian funding is spent on protecting children in war zones, despite them making up more than 50% of the population.

The campaign is targeting the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit to ensure that this unjust disparity is addressed. The greater the level of support, the more difficult it becomes to ignore the protection of children in war when world leaders meet at the World Humanitarian Summit next May.

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