First, what sort of political? I think it means more than this country. My musical mission should give way to peacefulness someday and I think the second step with experimental music will be to recognize my own political distress.
Okay, all art is probably political. Fair enough?
I have been thinking this week about the link between worldview and quest within avant-garde musical composers. In an interview with the iconic Terry Riley (in an interview found on the web) ending calmly but having spoken out during better part of the 1960s and 70s. Yet times change; ways of expression change, too. If I want to compose music, does all this matter?
Tanya Tagaq, pictured above, is a voice/sound artist (oft’ written about here) and uses “avant-garde screams” as a tool to address political distress and a perceived need for intervention.