The ‘World Music’ industry & the battle for democracy in the arts
Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning producer (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Khmer Rouge Survivors) who has produced four Grammy-nominated albums and published four books while all the while teaching violence prevention around the world since 1993.
He has produced artists from Rwanda, Malawi, South Sudan, Palestine, Romania, Vietnam, Tanzania, and Cambodia, amongst others.
“All recordings are ultimately ‘field-recordings’. They document life (...or lack thereof), and arise from a specific time and place. If that place is artificial, then the results will be as well. Ultimately, any technology exists only as a means to convey feeling, and has little to no value, otherwise, in-and-of itself.”
How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts is a virtual how-to manual for those on a quest for authenticity in an age of air-brushed and auto-tuned “artists.” In it, Brennan details the ways that the corporatization of music and inequitable distribution of artists is wreaking cultural devastation globally.
“One of the most thought-provoking books on modern music
that I have ever read.”
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|30 Nov 2017||4:00pm - 5:30pm|
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