JAMES BARRETT: THE FOLK OF DIGITAL PRIMITIVE @CENTRUM GALLERY, BERLIN 8-VII-2012

This post is an announce to all of you, people, whom it may concern, but primarily it'd be worth of Berliners' attention — check this proposition from James Barrett (of Music Your Mind Will Love You collective):



"On Sunday 8th July 2012 (I am planning ahead) I will present a lecture in the Sonic Lecture Series at the Centrum Gallery for Contemporary Culture in Berlin. It will be about the whole crazy freak folk thing, the Internet, the music... The Internet in the last decade has produceed a global network of music made by low-fi, at home, DIY groups and released on CDRs by tiny music labels. Bands such as The Jewelled Antler Collective, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood, My Cat is an Alien, Birchville Cat Motel, Avarus, Black Forest/Black Sea, Fursaxa, 6majik9, Kemialliset Ystävät, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Keijo & The Free Players, Pelt, Wooden Veil, Doktor Kettu, The Anaksimandros, and The North Sea have plied their sounds on labels such as Foxy Digitalis, Secret Eye, Manhand, Music Your Mind Will Love You, VHF Records, Fonal Records, Celebrate Psi Phenomenon, and Hashram Audio Concern. My sonic lecture will chart the rise to nothing of the noise ethnopunk trance folk vision of this unamed and untamed musical genre. From personal experience (I am a founding member of the group 6majik9 and the Music Your Mind Will Love You collective among other disgraces) I want to twine a sonic tale between the intersecting Internet communities of these bands, the sounds they make and the creative arts model they represent. This is not an urban avant-garde but a diffuse collection of people who came of age in a world were the image knows no boarder and sounds are free. Many live outside the major centres (New Zealand and Finland being two centers of the genre) but communicate and publicise their work via the Net. Dowloading, uploading, forums and streamed media have created a global network of digital primitives who play the sort of folk music that few dreamed of 20 years ago. However, the present day bone and electricity groups follow in the footsteps of such luminaries as the Sun City Girls, and The Flower Travelling Band, to name but two."

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