Society

Interstates and States of Grief

On US Interstates, we meet the US empire coming towards us. In this evocative video, we meet confederate ghosts and demons of consumer emptiness. We travel down the highway, propelled by engines of...

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Caretaker of the Curious: Leyland Kirby

"I think everyone should take more risks constantly, not just musicians" James Leyland Kirby (latterly known as The Caretaker) is a mysterious figure in electronic music. Respected but...

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The Politics Of Revenge And Submission

Transmuting Lead into Gold: America's Politics Of Revenge And Submission. When the individual feels, the community reels Osama Bin Laden is dead. And so is the U.S. republic. We had to destroy...

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Outliers in Emotion: Enduser

"I think Dubstep is something that just got out of hand creatively and now it's just a bunch of people ripping each other off" Trebuchet’s love affair with Breakcore continues...

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Why Are Americans So Easily Conned?

Our blind optimism allows us to live in comfort zones, but it turns vast spaces of the world into death zones. The technologies that inflicted upon the world the ongoing tragedies in both the Gulf of...

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Among the Ciphers of a Declining Empire

Among Ciphers, Barn Burners and Confidence Artists: A Comb-Over Treatment for Declining Empire. Like postmodernist architecture, in which the aesthetic criteria of a structure's exterior often...

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On the Brink of Democracy

Nigeria is a confusing country for the stranger, and the situation only gets worse when you start looking at politics.  As such I’m not going to try and give you a nicely crafted or...

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“The Problem With Nigeria…”

eith and I have decided that the problem with Nigeria is the finish. Or, as Peter would put it, the last ten percent.  Now, I (to borrow from Said) am temperamentally and philosophically opposed to...

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A Welshman arrives in Nigeria

“You have the wrong sort of visa for this sort of consultancy.” I didn’t know what to say so I said nothing, although that was at least partly because I felt like I was about to fall over. ...

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Interview: Rob Booth from Electronic Exploration Mix Show

Trebuchet’s Sofia Ilyas spoke to Rob Booth of Electronic Explorations, a Download / Podcast show for all electronic music about his method of finding good music...

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Fighting Bias with Bias: The David Pakman Show.

Reaching millions across the globe, David Pakman is the head of a non-corporate political talk show recorded from a small studio in Massachusetts. Predominantly syndicated across the US through...

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Complex Methods: Icarus and Vaexth

It is common for electronic artists, such as Icarus and Vaetxh to use their music to disguise themselves. Trebuchet’s Sofia Ilyas seemingly caught them at the right moment and opening up they...

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Genres beyond boundaries: Ad Noiseam

Trebuchet Breakgirl, Sofia Ilyas spoke to Nicolas, label owner of Ad Noiseam based in Berlin. Ad Noiseam is a label full of electronic goodness and also a successful worldwide mail order and a...

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Establishing ‘Conflict’ in the Ivory Coast

As the situation in the Ivory Coast draws to a predictably bloody conclusion, it seems worth asking– why did it take so long for the Western media to cotton on to the situation?  After...

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Doss Blockos: Oz Beer goes Underground

Doss Blockos have created something special, a street culture inspired brewery hidden in amongst the urban snorescapes of Melbourne. Pretty much epitomising everything Trebuchet admires; righteous...

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Fire Folkers: Van Susans

Sofia Ilyas spoke to Van Susan, a popcore rock band fast on the rise and about to make some noise in your direction, about now and the shiny future.  Trebuchet: Can you tell me about the band,...

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Felix’s Machines

Sofia Ilyas speaks to Felix Thorn of Felix’s Machines about his unique performance which sees him attaching his laptop to instruments in the newest way yet.   Trebuchet: Tell me about your...

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Politics in Imperial Nigeria

Last night I was invited to a dinner hosted in Debare’s honour, to celebrate the opening of the university.  The meal was arranged by his friends and associates, all of roughly the same...

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Prostitutes in Nigeria

After a few days here, despite all the doom-laden warnings, I was fairly confident that spotting Nigerian prostitutes wasn’t going to be much of a problem.  The Grand Mirage – a kind...

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Day Of Rage: Diary of a Female Protester

On a day when thousands took to the street and hundreds took up arms against capitalism, one woman marched, chanted and ran alongside them. I recorded my journey through the streets of London, where...

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The Mark Inside

Joseph Beuys And Coyote meet "Humanitarian" Bombing Campaigns. In Berlin, Germany, in early 1939, at Friedrichstrasse railway station, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War,...

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To Hell with Centrism: We Must Reclaim the Inspired Edge

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. – George Orwell I don’t want to be part of your revolution if I can’t dance. – Emma Goldman...

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Amnesia As A Way Of Life: WikiLeaks Amid The “Careless People”

As many wags have noted, the disclosures of Wikileaks have subjected the US Empire and its operatives to a full-body scan. Turnaround is fair play, because, until now, in the US, the powerless masses...

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Syd Barrett – The Art is in the Letters

Barrett's mythologised life finally comes down to earth in the first major exhibition of his art and letters. But is he a little too human? January 1968. Crammed into the back of a van, Pink...

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Madame Butterfly – Royal Albert Hall

Puccini's tragic opera, beautifully performed by the soprano lead. Madame Butterfly's focus is misplaced devotion; the drama of the opera is used to effectively convey the utter hopelessness...

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The Centrifuge

With all this Dubstep flying around Acid may seem like a vague memory well wake up as it’s very much alive and kicking! I ♥ Acid, The Centrifuge, and Complex Sound Sagacity presents to...

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Small, Medium or LRG

Ten roller girls, one oval track, a load of gum shields and a desire to do damage. Turning up at Earls Court I still had Rollerball in my head… I expected to see James Caan covered in blood,...

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No smoke without Fire: Innocent Criminals

Portia claims that there are over 3000 people falsely imprisoned in the UK and yet the general public remain largely unaware. Stretched organisations across the UK help the families of those...

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Loving Noise: Different Class Radio

Different Class Radio is an internet radio station that slips quality under the commercial radar, discovering new talent, and bringing a critical focus to past masters on the verge of obscurity. More...

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Legal Aid in Danger: Cuts to Penalise the Poor.

The consultation period for the proposed changes to legal aid is set to close on the 14th of February. The Miscarriages of Justice website MOJUK lists the importance of legal aid and how the proposed...

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