'Music is about more than just
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Barry Esson is a director of Arika. Arika organise the leading
experimental music, sound, moving image and film events in
Scotland, of which their largest event INSTAL will happen over
12-14th November 2010 at Tramway, Glasgow.
In organising INSTAL, we have asked ourselves: isn't music about
more than just music?
In fact, music is never just about music: it is always the product
of its wider situation. Some musics reinforce the status quo
. Other musics try to affect the collective conditions of
existence. We're interested in the later: not once radical, now
stagnant scenes, but musics that continue to develop useful ways of
acting and thinking outside dominant ideologies; musics as part of
that wider situation, with something to say about and offer back to
it. Through performance and discussion, INSTAL 10 will attempt to
address itself to these and consecutive matters.
 Isn't music always produced through interacting social,
cultural, philosophical and ideological factors. (Is it
cowardly/reckless/naïve to abstract away from these?)
 Don't you find that most music (incl. most experimental music)
simply fortifies false notions of freedom and possessive
individualism, of art as lifestyle choice lacking the will/ ability
to say anything other than the simply musical?
The Wednesday Event at the Glasgow School of Art is a series of
informal lectures, screenings, panel discussions and pecha kuchas,
organised primarily by Cultural Engagement and Exhibitions, with
input from the rest of the school. Designed to be
cross-school, cross-platform and cross-disciplinary, some of them
might even make you cross!