Drill Folly at Sonic Acts. Photo: Pieter Kers
Drill Folly at Sonic Acts. Photo: Pieter Kers


13 September 2016

At this year’s edition of The Long Progress Bar, we’re asking a new generation of thought-provoking artists, activists and academics to explore the question: what is progress?

In this edition of View Source, Brighton-based electronic music producer Sarah Phelan (aka Drill Folly) responds to the question with “inspiring” words from Killing Joke frontman, Jaz Coleman, “grass-roots punk rock attitude” from conceptual artist Jimmy Caulty, and “sheer weirdness” from music producer Tobacco.

Drill Folly will be performing live at The Long Progress Bar on 8 September at Brighton Dome Studio Theatre.
Described by The Guardian as an “icily bracing industrial attack”, Drill Folly’s music is all about machinery and emotion – combustion, morphology, dependence and therapy, realised through found sound, synthesis and studio manipulation, with a warmer, existential focus at its core.

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Letters From Cythera by Jaz Coleman
“I’ve always found Jaz (musician/writer – Killing Joke) to be a very inspiring artist across many disciplines. I’m fascinated by his research into spiritual mysticism, the occult, politics and economics, and his emphasis on the need for artists to be constantly self-educating and aspiring to be a Renaissance man or woman.”

Here, Coleman talks to Mike James in 2015 about the state of the planet, politics, economics, the future of the world population, and Killing Joke’s album, Pylon.

Jimmy Cauty
“I still consider The KLF to be the greatest conceptual art project of the last century! Their book The Manual: How To Have A Number One The Easy Way is a fantastic piece of satire that holds a mirror up to an industry that made them. They always seemed to be one step ahead of the game. Jimmy’s mico-sculptures continue to ruffle feathers and they are an enduring testament to a grass-roots punk rock attitude so rarely genuinely seen.”

‘Anti Gentrification’ fly poster 2015, by Jimmy Cauty

“I love the nasty, dirty depth of Tobacco’s analogue synth and tape production. I’ve never heard synths sound quite so in your face. The irreverence and sheer weirdness of his image, artworks and videos make him truly a unique artist that clearly gives zero shits about what anyone thinks of him – just check out how he trolls his trollers!”

Tobacco’s 2016 release ‘Sweatbox Nasty’

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The Long Progress Bar 2016
A one-day festival of talks, screenings and music, The Long Progress Bar celebrates radical imagination and explores new methods of empowerment, collective action and technological progress. READ MORE



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