Sampling Community

 

Jeremy Corbyn’s words were: “There is human warmth in all of us, there’s a sense of community in all of us.”

 

A DJ at Glastonbury sampled them and got everybody celebrating.

 

Corbyn’s cri de coeur edited, made into a track, and danced to.

 

Crack magazine says the sample is taken from a speech Made in Birmingham, of Jeremy Corbyn’s.

 

The community of the Westminster parliament is having a transforming makeover – by the look and sound of it.

 

Thank Jeremy – the trusty steed, blowing in, putting more yet more life into the craic, the party.

 

Jeremy really is very cool after all – digital, termite-cool.

 

Sonia Braga in “Aquarius” (2016) by Kleber Mendonça Filho, about music, mp3, community, love, sex and property development – and termites.

 

Is it good to steal, sample, chop up, and compress community and political vision into a light dance track for hedonists to dance and go crazy to?

 

Will we sample, edit and engineer community, in the near future?

 

So enhancing, creating, copying or reproducing that human warmth?

 

And selflessly distributing it?

 

If we manufacture a simulation and make socialism available for download, how many will sign up for it? And make a viral, mash up mix of it?

 

Would that be a good thing?

 

Or does warm, living, breathing, thinking, human common sense that speaks up for us and them—and myself—say that such a thing is absurd?

 

Or divisive? Leads to breakdown and fragmentation? Piracy? Infringement?

Chuck Close IIChuck Close’s analog, painted pixels in a huge self-portrait.

 

Jeremy is an analog. Should his authentic vinyl grooves be needle-dropped, chopped and served up as empty bytes of digital, sonic slurry to possess the living and drive them into embodied, jerking spasms?

 

Accountable bodies, snorting, snuffing, sniffing, inhaling the craic and in charge of themselves again? Singing—and dancing around—the political facts of life? Jeremy and his sound, egalitarian bytes on the wing? Coming down the line to score for community and principle, opening up a hole in the defenses of the opposition?

 

Or beasts with grabbed crotches for brains?

 

Should Jeremy’s soft, snowy, human analog of a spirit be running upon the people’s hardware?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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