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THE SONS OF JOY MANIFESTO
1.We hereby reclaim folk music
2.We reject the following technical constructs:
any form of pentatonic, blues scale or mode
12-bar blues or any
other standardised form
3.We deny absolutely the musical primacy of the rational or the technical over the spiritual or that which is of the soul
4.We affirm the pre-eminence of bowed string instruments and revile the electrified guitar as the prime corruptor of music
5.We deny that those things which are of the spirit can be made subject to copyright and ownership
6.We reject the falsification of musical truths through multitracking or use of multiple microphones
Manifesto clarification. Further to the flurry of emails regarding the Sons of Joy manifesto yesterday, I should clarify that we reject blues and pentatonic scales as ‘constructs’. That is, we regard them as artificial structures which have been applied retrospectively or falsely to folk music. We do not deny that our music incorporates pitch relationships which if simplified, reduced and rationalised could be described as pentatonic. By ‘construct’ we mean a crass, simplified ideal object whose existence is dependent on the subject’s mind (and human reason), rather an infinitely complex real object whose existence is independent of any mental perception.