The Revolution will not be …

DAHI friends and community, please spread the word.  I am writing to invite you to participate in a collaborative project put together by Alan Dunn between students and community at his university in Leeds UK and ours and ours in Hawaiʻi.  The proposal is to develop a new collaborative cover version of Gil Scott-Heron’s “The revolution will not be televised” whose underlying message is that a revolution of the mind is better than one of violence. This project will enable students and members of the public to compose new lyrics for the song, record their words over a live soundtrack and design new products.

The premise is for people to record new lines that all begin with “the revolution will not be …” and then think about things that may seem important but actually placate, confuse, anger, entertain or free us.  Alan is using Gil Scott-Heron’s original, a track by DAHI director Rich Rath from 1998 called “The Revolution will not be on the Internet,” and a 2012 version by IG Culture called “The Revolution Will Not Be Tell Lie Vise” as inspiration.

To send your line, record it with no backing track.  A mobile phone recording is fine.  Then send the sound file to “uhdahi@hawaii.edu.”  I won’t put a hard deadline on it, but Alan will be presenting on the project March 25th, so I would guess he would like the files before then! We have more time, maybe until Fall, but plz send your contribution in soon.
If you would like more information on Alan and the background to this project, see his 2009 exhibition/CD, Artists’ Use of the Word Revolution.  Here is the flyer Alan sent with the schedule of events so far.

The revolution will not be …

A cover version project by Alan Dunn, Edge Hill University (EHU) students, Cavalier Song and Rich Rath and students from the University of Hawaii. The proposal is to develop a new collaborative cover version of Gil Scott- Heron’s The revolution will not be televised whose underlying message is that a revolution of the mind is better than one of violence. This project will enable students and members of the public to compose new lyrics for the song, record their words over a live soundtrack and design new products.

Part 1 – Alan Dunn introductory talk, 25 March 2017

Students will be introduced to three versions of the song from 1970-2017, in which the more recent versions update the original lyrics and references. Dunn will invite the students to think about new words and ideas to bring to the recording weekend. The overall project will focus on one line from the original, namely “The revolution will not be …” as it asks us to think about those things, events, people or places that we place importance on but that may actually pacify, irritate, entertain, bemuse, confuse or comfort us. Musician and lecturer Rich Rath will also invite some of his students in Hawaii to do the same and to send us recordings/lyrics.

Part 2 – October 2017 (anniversary of Socialist Uprising of 1917)

Dunn and two Leeds student assistants will help the EHU students and visitors to record the new lyrics as part of an installation set up at EHU, using both analogue and digital recording techniques. Cavalier Song will provide background loops and a live one-hour improvised section that incorporates the new lyrics/recordings. The whole day is filmed and live performance recorded for possible future vinyl. We will edit down the recordings to produce an edition of 100 red cassettes or potentially a small vinyl run.

Setting for recording day

This project in itself is a cover version of a Static Gallery project called Production Line developed with Sam Wiehl and Clinic that recorded live music in the space and created cassettes of the music within 24 hours. This project is to be undertaken with their blessing.

Samples of previous lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron, “The revolution will not be televised” (1970)
Sarah Jones, “Your revolution” (2001)
Rich Rath, University of Hawaii, “The revolution will not be on the Internet” (2003)
London musician IG Culture, “The revolution will not be tell lie vise” (2012)
  • The revolution will not make you look five pounds thinner
  • The revolution will not go better with Coke
  • The revolution will not fight the germs that cause bad breath
  • The revolution will not be streamed, downloaded or compressed
  • The revolution will need CAPITALS in order to shout.
  • Your revolution will not happen between my thighs
  • Your revolution will not be you killing me softly
  • The revolution will not be brought to you by MSN, Twitter or Facebook
  • The revolution will not be on I’m a Celebrity
  • The revolution will not be soundtracked by Timberlake or Lady Gaga

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