“The East Midlands accent, lacking urban glamour, lilting lyricism or rustic romanticism, is one of the most unloved in the UK.” Mark, himself a native of the East Mids, digs the flow of Nottingham based rant-rap duo Sleaford Mods in this appreciation of their Divide And Exit and Chubbed Up albums. Reflecting on the corrosive … More SLEAFORD MODS (The Wire 362)
Reflecting on a year in which the UK experienced its worst civil disorder in over 20 years, following a police marksman’s fatal shooting of Mark Duggan in North London, Mark discusses the sound of dissent in grime and dubstep, and the emergence of new autonomous political movements such as the Deterritorial Support Group. Noting that … More THE NOISE OF DISSENT (The Wire 335)
Green Gartside and Mark Fisher on politics and music from Sound and Music on Vimeo.
Steve Goodman’s presentation at the excellent hauntology event last week focused on the phenomenon of ‘audio spotlights’, which deploy ultrasound to precisely target sonic messages at individuals. Predictably, the use of this Philip K Dick-like ‘holosonic’ technology – explained in the YouTube clip above – is being pioneered by advertisers to cut through the urban … More IT’S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION… WHO’S THERE? (The Mire)
I didn’t mind being on the dole. I had a lot of time on my hands as a result. Other people went to university, but I read books, smoked cigs and looked around most days. It’s good to have a period like that in your life, when you’re not being forced to think like others. … More OTHER PEOPLE WENT TO UNIVERSITY… (The Mire)
“I have always been fascinated by memory and its recall, especially where sound is concerned,” says The Caretaker aka James Kirby in his interview with Mark. The former V/Vm member proved a kindred spirit in this 2009 interview, which takes in the UK miners’ strike and Christopher Nolan’s film Memento. A recurrent theme in the … More THE CARETAKER (The Wire 304)
Uber Germanist Owen weighs into the debate on minimal: It rather pains me to say this, as Berlin – with its healthy contempt for the work ethic, and its still extant left activism – is a far, far saner city than London, and by several leagues more pleasant, more rewarding a place to live. And … More 12 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE (The Mire)