The Natives: This is Our America

Very happy to have helped director Frankie Fathers with this.

What’s it really like to be a young Native American? Beset with alcohol and drug problems, this South Dakota reservation is desperate to revive ancient traditions and joins the protest against the Dakota Access oil pipeline which they say threatens their land.

Pine Ridge is home to the Lakota Sioux and is one of the poorest areas of America with many struggling against drug and alcohol addiction. The Lakota were forced onto the Rez in the late 1800s, their customs and religion stripped away over the decades. But things are changing. Schools are now reviving traditional ceremonies, banned by the government until 1978, and young people are returning to Lakota ways.

The Natives: This is Our America follows a symbolic buffalo kill at Little Wound High and eighteen year-old Arthur’s journey as a new father. Transgender teen Sky and his friends join thousands of other Native activists at the Standing Rock protest camp to protect the Sioux Tribe’s water supply which they say is under threat from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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

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

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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.

More at True Vision Films

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 🙂