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Creative Research Series: Dr. Thomas Stanley on The Imperative of Alter-Destiny

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As the inaugural event in our Creative Research Series and our Anti-Oppression Media Clinic, the Creative Research Center is proud to present Dr. Thomas Stanley and the group Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind (MOM²), featuring Stanley, Luke Stewart and Bobby Hill on April 14 and April 15, 2017. These events are co-sponsored by Interdisciplinary Studies and Black Programs

Dr. Thomas Stanley (a/k/a Bushmeat Sound) is a scholar, artist, author, and activist deeply committed to audio culture in the service of personal growth and social change. The author of The Execution of Sun Ra and co-author of an oral history of George Clinton and P-Funk, Dr. Stanley also performs with a variety of groups, and has come to view his artistic contributions as macrotemporal interventions (rends in the fabric of history). He has written and lectured extensively on emerging musical cultures. As an artist, performer, and curator, Stanley has been an integral part of a burgeoning experimental music scene along the Baltimore-Washington corridor. His work attempts to exploit the capacity of sound and music for anchoring, framing and energizing our subjective experience of macrotemporal texture (history). Currently, within the trio Mind Over Matter Music Over Mind he constructs and deploys sampled and electronically generated music. He is also featured in Stranger, a documentary film about seminal P-Funk and Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell. 

MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND or MOM² is an intrepid trio of improvising musicians who have been liberating zones of sonic sedition since 2004. Composed of Bobby Hill on record players, Luke Stewart on bass and sequencer and Stanley on electronics and effects, MOM² offers neuroleptic enhancements to modern life through a unique performance experience that defies description or repetition.


Dr Thomas Stanley On The Imperative of Alter-Destiny

In his lecture/performance, Dr. Stanley will share with us his theory of Alter-Destiny, drawn from his work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, and his research into Sun Ra’s music, life, and theory. 

As part of our Anti-Oppression Media Clinic Dr. Stanley’s talk/performance will model Alter-Destiny for us as a specific sonic union of theory and practice that opens up avenues of expression and being with media and technology that work against oppressive forms, and, more important, work toward alternate paths, alternate futures, and as Dr. Stanley says, alternate destinies.