This Year in PAN

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.


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GNOD R+D vol.3

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.

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Your Own Self

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.

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Crawling Through Tory Slime: Mana Records

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.

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Arrive Without Leaving: Laraaji, Arji OceAnada and Dallas Acid

Arrive Without Leaving, a new collaboration between Laraaji, Arji OceAnada and Dallas Acid introduces us to a refreshing sound that combines Laraaji’s unmistakable sound of the Electrified Zither along with Dallas Acid’s airy and inspiring sound of synthesis, all glued together by the percussive sounds of Arji OceAnada. With all the ‘ambient/new-age’ music coming out at this time, this is a stand out to me – something more personal.

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