for a majority of americans, the unconscionable happened early last wednesday morning: a virulently racist, misogynistic, xenophobic demagogic figure garnered enough electoral college votes to become the nation’s next president. there are myriad consequences to nearly sixty million voters choosing to look past – or wholeheartedly embrace – the routinely abhorrent rhetoric of such a vile, narcissistic man and cast their ballots in his favor; the most pressing may be the impending assault on the civil and reproductive rights of women, people of color, and members of the lgbtq community.
with the other branches of federal government proving to most likely be amenable towards tyrannical impulses, private organizations and local, grassroots political movements will take charge combatting the majority of infringements. the former, especially, will be further aided by the help of donations; the american civil liberties union, planned parenthood, the rape, abuse & incest national network, along with so many other institutions, will provide vital services to those most immediately affected by the outcome of this election.
various members of the music community have begun to offer up new works and full catalogues for purchase, with the entirety of proceeds being donated to various organizations. both run for cover and father/daughter records donated their stream of bandcamp revenue through this past weekend to planned parenthood; yohuna is donating her bandcamp sales to the audre lorde project; patient sounds will be splitting donations between the aclu and planned parenthood through december 9th; our pals at gold flake paint will be donating all of their digital sales to the trevor project and have compiled a more comprehensive list of artists and labels and where their donations will go.
nick zanca, who records and releases electronic music as mister lies, has put together a compilation of ambient and drone music recorded over the past several years entitled textures: 2010-2016. the ninety-minute album is available to purchase from his bandcamp page, with all proceeds going to planned parenthood. a sample of the sprawling body of work exists below, in the form of the arresting “upstate and empty,” a snapshot of muted ambiance that becomes more striking the longer it’s left on repeat.
those with the financial means to donate to organizations in dire need of support are encouraged to follow any or all of the links embedded above. hit the play button on “upstate and empty” below and navigate away.