What Does Your Future Sound Like? (Futurism in 2020?)


#1

Lately I’ve been slowly making my way through Mark Fisher’s “Ghosts of My Life” and his essay “The Slow Cancellation of the Future”, while I don’t completely agree with it, got me thinking: What sounds like the future to you, at the moment?

While I was writing this post I stumbled upon the Futurism in 2018 thread, which was a great read! A lot of really valid points in there to consider - including the fact that futurism isn’t exactly the most solid concept and the question itself is somewhat misguided.

But nevertheless, I’m in a spot in my life where I’m finding the idea of the future personally useful - being able to have a feeling of control over my future through music selection is something that’s giving me a lot of hope right now. So! Maybe it’s worth approaching from a personal standpoint: What does your future sound like right now?

For me, at the moment, it’s these records.


#2

I’d recommend reading Infinite Music by Adam Harper, really good exploration of future of music as listener and musician

Always liked that Bowie quote from 2000s on how availably the internet makes music - ‘Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity,’


#3

Cheers, will definitely have a read!


#4

Just joining in to say +1 to Adam Harper. Interesting concept and I found helpful as a producer to quantify my own work


#5

what I would like to hear is a revisiting of roots music with a focus on updated musicianship and dancing/crowd engagement - still waiting for Future Zydeco to blow up across the States


#6

Interesting! That makes me think of why I’m really enjoying DJ Plead at the moment. It feels like a really unique approach to dabke (although tbh I haven’t really dug deep enough into the genre yet to know). But in terms of the personal approach to futurism I was talking about before - as someone with Lebanese heritage that didn’t really grow up with that culture due to colonialism (long story lol), that music has given me an entry point to engage with that culture and history a lot more. It’s been a really positive force in my life and, to me, feels like the past, present and future coming together at the same time.


#7

whoa. my Syrian students put me onto Dabke this past year, from an Irish dance background this shit is crazzzzzy! ------ HA, YOoo. connection bizness - whatUP sleepers !!! ------- Been thinking a lot lately about how people power is somehow displaced in todays music … how traditional music might be fertile ground for allowing different interpretations and new ways forward, let’s just say that

big tune dis 1. vvv

:stuck_out_tongue: - cheers from Buffal0 - MARHA !


#8

@sleepers I too went through a big Mark Fisher phase and found the idea of a 21st century “futurism” to be very fascinating and a useful standard to aim for as a creative (given the current political/cultural inclination towards retro fetishism, etc.).

Some contemporary music that strikes me as “futurist” by 2020 standards include Lee Gamble’s most recent work https://leegamble.bandcamp.com/album/exhaust (as well as a lot of other more recent Hyperdub material in general), the futurist dancehall of Equiknoxx https://equiknoxxmusic.bandcamp.com/, Gazelle Twin https://gazelletwin.bandcamp.com/album/pastoral, Cairo’s Zuli and associates https://uiqmusic.bandcamp.com/album/terminal-uiqlp003, and especially everything coming out of Africa from the Hakuna Kulala label https://hakunakulala.bandcamp.com/music (MC Yallah, Villaelvin, Ecko Bazz) and Nyege Nyege https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/ (Jay Mitta, Sisso, Nihiloxica).

Earlier in the 2000s, I would definitely qualify Chicago Footwork and UK Grime to be some of the decade’s most “futuristic” musical movements (and I think both genres still have plenty of unfinished business too). As far as bands are concerned, Battles are really the only group that immediately comes to mind that would fit the “futrist” descriptor (though I don’t see them as having any explicit political intentions in their music).


#9

As far as bands go, I’d put Health and Death Grips up with Battles as well


#10

Good call on both of those (although I never really got into HEALTH tbh. Maybe now is a good time to give them another chance)


#11

Give 'em another try for sure! ‘Get Color’, their second one is pretty much the best imo, the new one is also ace!

The new Battles record friggin rocks :metal: