Basia Lewandowska Cummings, the first-ever Progress Bar guest (photo by Roberta Mataityte)
Basia Lewandowska Cummings, the first-ever Progress Bar guest (photo by Roberta Mataityte)

WARREN ELLIS ON BASIA LEWANDOWSKA CUMMINGS


13 April 2015

In progress. All of this will make sense one day. By Juha van 't Zelfde.

Warren Ellis
Warren Ellis

“I went down to Brighton in the week,” writes English graphic novelist and acclaimed science fiction author Warren Ellis in his latest newsletter, “to visit the Progress Bar night at the Lighthouse digital arts institute (and to buy my daughter lunch, as she lives in the area now). I got pulled out halfway through by a sudden important work phone conference, but I caught the first talk by Basia Lewandowska Cummings, who is working with new forms of news provision and journalistic networking. You should look her up, as she seems to have been involved in all kinds of interesting things.

”But this is a particular thing she surfaced during the talk: Music from the Blue Nile: unique recordings from Sudan’s refugee camps.

“In this song, he has taken a boom box and removed one of the speakers, switching the wires around so that he can sing into it. As a result his voice is weirdly amplified by the remaining speaker. Of course, this is all powered by batteries – there’s no electricity in the camps. The result is this magical auto-tune analogue sound: it’s like rave music, it crackles, it’s so fast.”

(In that one, there are obvious sonic antecents evoked, chiefly Konono No.1.)"


Thank you Warren.


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