In the intimate surrounds of EastWest Studios 1, where so much of music’s history was made, this panel of Loop guests will discuss what we could – or should – expect from its future.
Since the nineties, if not the seventies, we’ve worried that we might be repeating ourselves, that progress might be exhausted, nothing new left under the sun. Simon Reynolds’ Retromania was an important survey of this tendency, a catalog of circularity and stasis in musical culture, taking in everything from American Graffiti to Boards of Canada, showing, as he put it, how the greatest danger to music’s future might be its past. Whether it’s good or bad, there’s no doubt that many ‘new’ things in music are also recombinations of old ones.
This year, Loop’s weekend begins with a talk from Simon Reynolds, updating some of the conclusions of Retromania in the light of recent developments in music. At its end, we’ll wrap things up with a discussion in which Reynolds, Coco Solid and Gavsborg and Shanique Marie from Equiknoxx talk in depth about the idea of progress in music, and our attitudes toward its past and future. If we still believe in an avant-garde, where do we expect it to go? If we dream of being ‘ahead of our time,’ what do we hope to anticipate (or escape)?
Please note: Space in Studio 1 is strictly limited. Please arrive early to ensure you'll get in.