[Marxism] It’s the sound of the left, all right - FT.com

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jun 1 16:38:58 MDT 2014

What does Marxism sound like? The question could be the opening line of 
a tedious undergraduate joke – or the natural extension, perhaps, of 
ecologist Bryan Pijanowski’s attempt last month to record, through the 
dissemination of a smartphone app, a complete “global soundscape” in a 
single day. But no, it seems to be the theme behind a potent development 
in new music, and this week formed the backdrop for a deliciously 
provocative line-up at the London Contemporary Music Festival.

The evening, titled “Marxist Chillwave”, began with looped piano 
improvisations on Wagner’s Ring cycle – a body of work in which the 
composer’s socialist revolutionary sympathies found some expression – 
and touched base in the 20th century before showcasing young artists of 


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