Music for Prisons

by Gabriel Saloman

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"Music for Prisons" is a sound composition and a series of related projects that formulate around the use of noise as a form of protest, specifically in anti-prison and prisoner/refugee solidarity work. "Noise Demos" involve groups of folks gathering outside of prisons with a range of instruments, PA systems and other sound making devices attempting to connect with incarcerated persons - their collective noise able to cross the prison grounds and pass through the bars and walls that otherwise separate those who are inside from those outside. "Music for Prisons" is composed of original music by Gabriel Saloman as well as field recordings of noise demos held in support of Tamil refugees who were imprisoned in Burnaby in 2010.

It is not ambient sound, nor is it a performance that situates itself within the subjectivity of the prisoner. It is music to be played outside the prison walls, both to acknowledge my privilege of mobility and to refuse any attempt to ameliorate the experience of prison in the form of pleasurable entertainment. The existence of prisons themselves are intolerable and the intention of this work is to be of use in further disruptions of the placid invisibility of these prisons within contemporary society. It is meant to be played or even performed in the context from which it draws its inspiration.

In other words... please take this recording and blast it at full volume at the prison walls until they no longer exist.


released August 8, 2012
GMS - field recordings, percussion, keyboard, mixer feedback




Gabriel Saloman Santa Cruz, California

Gabriel Saloman is a Santa Cruz California based musician and artist who has been performing experimental, conceptual and freely improvised music for over 15 years. He is best known for his work as half of Yellow Swans and currently composes and performs solo as GMS and Sade Sade. He also collaborates with Aja Rose Bond under the name Diadem and with MRed as Chambers. ... more

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