Beholder Halfway

Paul Rekret

Monthly investigations of music politics with Paul Rekret.

Previous episodes

Beholder Halfway #31 - Sound Activism

Tuesday 3rd April 2018 19:00 - 20:00 BST

This month: "sound activism" - including work by Ultra-Red, Christopher DeLaurenti, Terre Thaemlitz, and others. None of the pieces discuss UK political parties, but they do references political protests against the WTO, Greek austerity measures and their effects, US political parties, local gentrification processes in Los Angeles and ecological crisis.

Beholder Halfway #30 - Chill

Tuesday 6th March 2018 19:00 - 20:00 GMT

On this episode, an examination of claims that there's been a recent turn to 'chill' in both popular and underground music. This is related to the rise of streaming platforms and to social crisis more broadly.

Beholder Halfway #29 - Ford Workers Strike

Tuesday 6th February 2018 19:00 - 20:00 GMT

This month: a discussion of songs and struggle around the 1978 Ford workers strike with historian Eoin O'Cearnaigh.

Beholder Halfway #28

Tuesday 9th January 2018 20:00 - 21:00 GMT

This month: legendary NYC composer Vito Ricci and Brandon Hocura, co-founder of the Invisible Cities reissue label and founder of Seance Centre, the label that recently issued My Little Life, a collection of short stories accompanied by musical compositions written and performed by Vito.

While Brandon contextualises Vito's work within the broader context of Seance Centre's project of reissuing both music and literature, especially poetry, Vito discusses his recent career renaissance through the reissue of his material, how working for theater, dance, and poetry shaped his work, and his time with free jazz legends Rashied Ali, Ornette Coleman, and others.

Beholder Halfway #27 - Popular Motives

Tuesday 26th December 2017 19:00 - 20:00 GMT

This week: Popular Motives. 'I believe, in fact, that attempts to bring political protest together with ‘popular music’ – that is, with entertainment music – are for the following reason doomed from the start. The entire sphere of popular music, even there where it dresses itself up in modernist guise is to such a degree inseparable from the commodity, from the cross-eyed transfixion with amusement, that attempt to outfit it with a new function remain superficial. And I have to say that when somebody sets himself up, and for whatever reason accompanies maudlin music by singing something or other about Vietnam being unbearable….I find, in fact, this song unbearable, in that by taking the horrendous and making it somehow consumable, it ends up wringing something like consumption-qualities out of it." (from a television interview with Theodor Adorno)

Beholder Halfway #26 - Experimental Music in China with Edward Sanderson

Tuesday 28th November 2017 19:00 - 20:00 GMT

This month: On the occasion of the Zoomin Nights and End of the Alphabet Records co-release of the compilation There is No Music From China (compiled by Yan Jun & Zhu Wenbo), I discuss the Chinese experimental music and sound art scene with curator and researcher Edward Sanderson.

Edward Sanderson is a researcher and writer about contemporary art in China. He lives and works mainly in China and most recently, curated 'Grounds for Sound' at Inside - Out Art Museum in Beijing. He blogs about Chinese visual and sound art here.

Beholder Halfway #25 - Beyond Unwanted Sound w/ Marie Thompson

Tuesday 24th October 2017 19:00 - 20:00 BST

This month: A discussion with media scholar Marie Thompson about her new book, Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury). We discuss different conceptions of 'noise', as anti-music or the cacophony of industrial society, competing theories of noise and Marie's powerful argument that noise is neither inherently bothersome nor transgressive. We end by discussing some of the musicians and sound artists that Marie argues transcend the dominant morality by which noise is related to.

Marie Thompson is a Lecturer in Lincoln School of Film and Media. Her research centres on the affective, material and gendered dimensions of sound, noise and music. She is the author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) and the co-editor of Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013). She has also published a number of chapters and articles on the intersections of noise and femininity.

Beholder Halfway #24 - Soul Music and the Vietnam War

Tuesday 26th September 2017 19:00 - 20:00 BST

This month: Beholder Halfway marks the forthcoming Melodies International reissue of the beautiful anti-war folk-soul ballad 'Blood of an American' by Bobby Wright (now Abu Talib). Little known and rarely heard, the record stages a reflection upon the unique intersection of popular music and radical politics in late 1960s and early 1970s soul music. This becomes an opportunity to think critically about the ways in which counter-cultural soundtracks have been sanitised and re-packaged in recent decades.

Beholder Halfway #23 - Calmly Smoke

Tuesday 22nd August 2017 19:00 - 20:00 BST

This month: Ketan Shankardass examines representations of stress and drug use in American hip-hop.

Beholder Halfway #22 - A Personal Hip Hop Odyssey with Warren Ali

Wednesday 26th July 2017 19:00 - 20:00 BST

This month: Warren Ali offers an autobiographical story of growing up under apartheid and later, post-apartheid South Africa and then moving to London, all through the lens of rap music and what it meant to him.

Beholder Halfway #21 w/ Francis Gooding

Tuesday 27th June 2017 19:00 - 20:00 BST

This month: a discussion of Sun Ra's groundbreaking use of synthesisers with writer and critic Francis Gooding.

Beholder Halfway #20 w/ Anja Kanngiesser

Tuesday 30th May 2017 18:00 - 19:00 BST

This week: Paul Rekret and sonic geographer Anja Kanngieser examine the relationship between field recordings and pop music in an age of ecological and economic crisis.

Beholder Halfway #19 w/ Anthony Iles on Noise and Capitalism

Tuesday 25th April 2017 19:00 - 20:00 BST

This month, a discussion of Noise and Capitalism with writer and editor Anthony Iles.

Beholder Halfway #18 - Alpha, Isis, Eden

Tuesday 28th March 2017 19:00 - 20:00 BST

This month: exclusive excerpts of "Alpha, Isis, Eden", a sound work by Laura Oldfield Ford and Jack Latham (Jam City). Produced to accompany the eponymous commission exhibited at The Showroom, London, February to March 2017.

Beholder Halfway #17 - Black Atlantis

Tuesday 28th February 2017 19:00 - 20:00 GMT

Recorded live at the Empire Remains shop in London in November 2016, Black Atlantis looks at possible afterlives of the Black Atlantic: in illegal migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afrofuturistic dancefloors and soundsystems, and in outer space.

Beholder Halfway #16 - Noise: The Political Economy Of Music

Tuesday 24th January 2017 19:00 - 20:00 GMT

This month: sound artist Patchfinder confronts Jacques Attali's book Noise: the Political Economy of Music.

Beholder Halfway #15 - Take This Hammer: Ethnographies of Work Song

Thursday 8th December 2016 20:00 - 22:00 GMT

This week: 'Take This Hammer: Ethnographies of Work Song'. exploring ethnographic field recordings of work songs + a lecture-performance titled 'Labour & Rhythm' by the artist Noah Angell.

Beholder Halfway #14 - Process & Industry

Thursday 10th November 2016 20:00 - 22:00 GMT

This week: 'Process & Industry'. a discussion and music with the writer Alexei Monroe on the history, context and political desire of industrial music. From Throbbing Gristle & Test Department to Laibach and Autopsia and beyond.

Beholder Halfway #13 - Incipient Intentions

Thursday 17th March 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: 'Incipient Intentions'. There are severe limits to what the sociological imagination can inform us about music. This episode marks and celebrates those limits.

"Music points to true language in the sense that content is apparent in it, but it does so at the cost of unambiguous meaning, which has migrated to the languages of intentionality. And as though Music, that most eloquent of all languages, needed consoling for the curse of ambiguity - its mythic aspect, intentions are poured into it." Theodor Adorno, 'Music and Language - A Fragment'

Beholder Halfway #12 - Black Study Group: Notes on Music and Money

Thursday 10th March 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: 'Notes on Music and Money', is produced by the Black Study Group. The Black Study Group is Dhanveer Singh Brar, Simon Barber, Victor Manuel Cruz, Ciaran Finlayson, Sam Fisher, Lucie Mercier, Fumi Okiji, Ashwan Sharma and with a special mention to Atticus for his guest appearance.

Beholder Halfway #11 - Why Trap?

Thursday 3rd March 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: 'Why Trap?' Thinking about the reasons for the popular rise of trap rap.

Beholder Halfway #10 - Music and Libidinal Economy

Thursday 25th February 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: 'Music and Libidinal Economy' by Cesura//Acceso, a journal for music politics and poetics, with Howard Slater.

Beholder Halfway #9 - Politics Of Rave

Thursday 18th February 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: the politics of rave and dance culture, from the 'second summer of love' to the Criminal Justice Act.

Beholder Halfway #8 - Climate, Capitalism, Crisis

Thursday 11th February 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: Climate, Capitalism, Crisis. Political geographer and sound artist Anja Kanngieser & composer and sound artist Daniel Jenatsch (with thanks to Rory Gibb) host a show on climate, capitalism, and crisis.

Beholder Halfway #7 - Anna Wood

Thursday 4th February 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: Anna Wood on 'Endings'.

Beholder Halfway #6 - The Free Association (Part Two)

Thursday 28th January 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: continuing last week's discussion of the decline of politicised music with Brian Layng, David Harvie, and Keir Milburn of The Free Association.

Beholder Halfway #5 - The Free Association (Part One)

Thursday 21st January 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: discussing the relationship between popular culture, music and social movements with Brian Layng, David Harvie, and Keir Milburn of The Free Association.

Beholder Halfway #4 - Exoticism & Appropriation: the New 'World Music'

Thursday 14th January 2016 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: 'Exoticism and Appropriation': the will to hybridity; explorers and copyright; romanticism and innocence; pastiche and capitalism; cultural authoritarianism.

Beholder Halfway #3 - Acceleration and Repetition

Thursday 17th December 2015 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: 'Acceleration and Repetition' : pessimism; machinic self-dissolution; periodising musical entropy; frustrated temporality; subalternity & repetition; rhythmic irregularity; hyper-work & hyper-consumption; relations of (re)production.

Beholder Halfway #2 - The Acousmatic Voice

Thursday 10th December 2015 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: ‘The Acousmatic Voice’. Aristotle; [Roland not Raymond] Barthes; authenticity; technological mediation [noo-muh n] ; embodiment; cyborg intimacy; soft coercion; end.

Beholder Halfway #1 - Work It! Dance, Labour, Capitalism

Thursday 3rd December 2015 18:00 - 19:00 GMT

This week: ‘Work It! Dance, Labour, Capitalism.’ Work hard/play hard; subsumption; prefiguration; sublation; folk pastoralism; sex work; refusal of work.

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