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I missed this on the BBC Sounds six years ago….

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b053721k

Catherine Bott, soprano, doesn’t exactly come to the same conclusions as I do in the book SiLENCE! but it’s an interesting programme. I’ve begun to whistle on my morning dog walks in the hope I might get better… I also whistle along to Radio 6 when I’m driving any distance on my own.

Is there an app I should know about?

legendary whistler Ronalde
Sheila Harrod
Tamas Hacki
Something most people could whistle along with…

I couldn’t find any footage of people whistling in the streets in England in the Fifites but it must exist somewhere?

finally Satchmo

https://www.leftlion.co.uk/read/2016/march/emma-smith-and-her-whistling-orchestra-8079/

Emma Smith’s work five years ago in Nottingham and for the Whistling Orchestra of Philadelphia looks interesting. Apparently Philadelphia has a traditions of whistling because of its strong working class culture…

https://whyy.org/articles/will-whistle-for-work-orchestra-whistles-tribute-to-phillys-labor-history/

https://www.emma-smith.com/works/the-whistling-orchestra/

http://bturn.com/9479/dancing-under-socialism-electronic-music-yugoslavia

Gregor Bulc from 2012 writes “The trend of officially published compilations of Yugoslav electronic music started arguably in 2010 when Subkulturni Azil from Maribor, Slovenia, released the Ex Yu Electronica Vol I: Hometaping in Self-Management vinyl on its Monofonika label, followed next year by the Vol II: Industrial Electro Bypasses in the North – In Memoriam Mario Marzidovšek, dedicated solely to Slovenian scene.”

In part two he picks out Miha Kralj’s epic soundscapes.

Illus by Blanka Boskov

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-58557984

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-59093226

Recent stories on the BBC about underground music from Iran and then a report from Kashmir of women taking the musical initiative: “In Indian-administered Kashmir, Yemberzal is the first all-women Sufiyana music group.”

These people are worth seeking out and giving your ear to.

But I’d also like to hear more if you can leave links….

I’m sure Kate Tempest needs no further promotion but she has a special place for me in that a I saw here soon after she started up in an underground oasis in Peckham and she rapped about the working class artists of south London which was movingly on point. And she had a power in her voice which I knew was needed to change the world.

Also worth pointing out this platform… and the work of Jon Ewing @musicfightevil

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/1460-a-history-of-anti-fascist-punk-around-the-world-in-9-songs/

A History of Anti-Fascist Punk Around the World

in 9 Songs

Consider these songs inspiration for radical survival throughout the grim four years ahead.

By Jes Skolnik March 6, 2017

Graphic by Jessica Viscius
I think Spinoza would have approved…

Sometimes I need to mark the mainstream moving forward in a progressive direction. I’d be happy to have a comment that argues how this is simply recuperation of BLM. Its complicated… But, but, but… Onwards!

viva La revolution!

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/19/rebel-riot-the-punk-soundtrack-to-myanmars-anti-coup-protests

“In 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi called on the Russian government to release members of the all-girl punk group Pussy Riot whose members had been imprisoned for two years for staging an anti-government protest in Moscow’s pre-eminent Orthodox cathedral. Having herself only been released from long-term house arrest in 2010, Aung San Suu Kyi stated at an Amnesty International conference, “I don’t see why people shouldn’t sing whatever it is they want to sing.” “

Grammy-winning punk rock singer Henry Rollins told Al Jazeera, “I think Rebel Riot is using the vehicle of music to put a message across is punk rock in its purest form and optimum application.” Having visited Myanmar in 2008 in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, Rollins said that “it doesn’t surprise me at all that punk music would have an appeal anywhere in the world” including Myanmar, which has existed largely under a military dictatorship since 1962.

He said punks have always faced harassment from authorities, including himself while singer of the punk band, Black Flag. But he said that the harassment experienced by punks in the United Kingdom and United States was “was nothing like what truth-tellers and those questioning established authority systems like in Myanmar and Russia face. Not even close.

“The situation wasn’t so extreme that you risked arrest and worse for merely having an opinion. Rebel Riot or Pussy Riot put far more on the line, at far greater risk than I ever had to,” he said.