As the world’s political scale tips towards the right, we are beginning to welcome in politicians who are increasingly conservative and regressive in their policies and viewpoints. Recent voting appears to portray a certain desperation or fear that are built alongside possible failings or a lack of a strong voice to build a succinct path to a well grounded ideology in left leaning parties, something we are seeing across the political landscape of the world. Of course you cannot generalise, it is our democratic right to vote for who we wish, but the recent successes don’t seem to add up in any logical way. Elections held in Colombia and Brazil are examples of right wing representatives that have won the majority, with Brazil being the most recent. I have mentioned previously about the rise of populism, in which some additional political analysis suggests a fall of populism, but this now doesn’t seem the case. Bolsonaro, the newly elected far right president-elect for Brazil will be called in to power on the 1st of January in place of Michel Temer (who entered office with rather hard-line austerity measures, replacing Dilma as the Centre-Left – Workers Party after her trial for impeachment), who now leaves with an incredibly low approval rating through allegations of corruption and appearing two times in court under impeachment, all with the unwillingness to step-down or give up power. Failure to relent or control measures have allowed the voice of a far-right politician to appeal to the mass populace’s broad anger for the current ‘corrupt politics’ and the allegations that surrounded their failings.
photo by. Jasper Spicero
PAN’s oeuvre is a well curated collection of the most audibly progressive and often visually challenging artists of present. PAN’s curation spans from a techno-Gothic style collection of cinematic soundscapes, to playful synthesis and indulgent machine music, often with an important message embedded in it’s creation. Two thousand and eighteen has not been any different, and it has been certainly one of the most interesting years for music; progression has been made within the industry for pushing women and LGBTQ communities closer to recognition for their work, an area dominated primarily by straight males, and this is evident this year in PAN’s assemblage of artists, we are challenging the simplistic and narrow minded figures that present gender and sexuality as something binary, something that the authorities need to have to define us.
Experimentation has been at it’s most highest in recent years, the fluidity of personas that challenge gender and the communities surrounding them are continuing to combine performance and sound, and are being presented across some of the most important venues across the UK, with the live performances that follow, these are being attended to in increasing numbers. We still have a long way to go, and recent political shifts have created a vast chasm of regression that has begun to swallow progress made, resulting in negative environments, a loss of personal identity and true expression that are true to the self. We must use all mediums of art to project and sharpen our perspective in these times of struggle in however we feel creates the most impact socially and politically.
If Craig Leon had done psychedelic gothic drone that drew from Mancunian Punk – it would of been this. GNOD R+D (Chris Haslam and Paddy Shine) is a shoot off from the sporadically based collection of collaborating musicians and purveyors of grinding sounds drowning in acidic drones and chains – GNOD.
Garrett List’s 1972 release ‘Your Own Self’ comes at a time of new age composition and it’s rise throughout the 1970s; setting the pace as a minimalist transcendental changing piece, whilst following the experimental phases of music throughout the 1960s.
This record store opened up music to me that I never thought I would see in a record store, over the last year or so it has been my mecca of seeking music that I may never of found other wise.
Approaching the park bench you find there is a soft breeze pulling across you, the sun is almost at it’s peak height for the day and the sound of: birds, light traffic and market vendors fill your ears with slightly differing levels – depending on the way you face. Every so often the tranquil environment is interjected with an unfamiliar sound to the composition that nature was creating, and we feel our focus often broken and drawn to these interruptions.