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pluto return (1776)

By emily on July 7, 2024 12:52 am

“Where common memory is lacking, where people do not share in the same past, there can be no real community, where community is to be formed, common memory must be created.” -Georges Erasmus

the photo above is from the local news here - there was a 15 car pile up on our bypass that happened because of the smoke/fog created by too many people setting off fireworks on the 4th of July...

i had to hide in the closet last night & on the evening of july 4th - folks were aiming explosives at our house & it was shaking all night & has been for weeks now... we have to put our air filter on in the evenings cause our house fills up with smoke due to the fireworks

the usa feels like a multi car pile up due to a dense fog of our own creation...

i know our country is not the only one going through things - it feels weird that people here are setting off explosives that they paid for - for entertainment - meanwhile wars are raging all over the globe

this day historically is full of paradoxes in the U.S.:

the dilemma of the fourth of july

what to the slave is the 4th of july?

it feels weird that my fellow americans are celebrating independence from a tyrant on a week that "the supreme court puts trump above the law and gives him permission for a despotic second term"

this track is my attempt to process our history and present moment in all it's complexity and paradoxes in real time...

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This is a really pertinent message about the state of the U.S. in particular.  I suspect a lot of people don't give the slightest thought to what they're supposedly celebrating on the 4th of July.  They just like to have a day off, get drunk, and shoot off explosives.  But, yeah, maybe we shouldn't be lighting off fireworks when the metaphorical house is already on fire.  The music has a powerful urgency to it, and I liked how it ended on a little bit of a hopeful note.   

I regard the celebration of past events a bit with cynicism. It strikes me as a way societies enforce some shared mythological past. We have the same issue in France, with a romantic rewriting of the Revolution as a glorious celebration of the people against the tyranny. Whereas it really was a violent insurgency, mobs, leading to the Terror.

It sounds like it was a crazy week. This track is powerful. The layering of the vocal, the industrial-like sound, there is something oppressive, suffocating about it. It is ominous, as if we're moving in slow motion into the wall and there is no way out. Good track to explore this anxiety, but I just hope we did not have to live with that anxiety at this point.

I am glad I heard this now, I haven't kept up on your songs lately, this was a good one to come back to. Thank you for this. It resonates. 100%. I'm sorry the 4th was stressful day for you, sounds horrible. I'm lucky right now I live somewhere residential fireworks are illegal. There are still some here and there, and the main city ones, but it's not too bad. I have lived places where the whole neighborhood is going off like you described. It was always too much. Always really appreciate your thought provoking work. I see links you share, your thoughts, lyrics and it make me think engage  and reflect, which is needed sometimes, so thanks for that! I share the worries. It's hard to feel hopeful many days.
I liked the beat and music here. The voice moving along as it does was powerful, though I couldn't always make out the lyrics, was cool to read them above.

Perfect song and discussion about the current events of our country, and world.

I saw a good quote, something along the lines of, you have to live a different kind of life to enjoy fireworks.
They interviewed a guy on the news that said he spent $3,500 on shells for the 4th!

Love the background to the spoken word, so good.

The history of electronic music overflows with subversion, resistance, disruption and protest. Well done.

That bass tho. Thick!

Ooof the tension and anxiety created leading up to that anthemic bass line is awesome.  I heard the thickness of it but then the melody that is underneath really drives the message forward.  I feel the tension rise with that acidic synth line.  Well done!  Hope you are ok.

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