Really good article in Mute magazine about the governments attempts to sponsor innovation – is this just spin?
“Down on the exhibition floor, the first green shoots of NESTAâ€™s seed-money could be seen: Red Button designâ€™s â€˜water transport, sanitation and storage device for the developing worldâ€™ (that is, a trolley, with a big bottle of water on it); Latitude 56 Degrees have a bag to put a suit in that you can carry on your bicycle; the Young Foundation (thatâ€™s Geoff Mulganâ€™s new gaff) have some courses in â€˜emotional resilienceâ€™ for old people; while Distance Lab has some ideas for remote teaching in Scotland. Innovation is too grand a word for these boffinish efforts.”
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the article is a quote from the Nazis about jazz:
â€˜As to the tempo, too, preference is to be given to brisk compositions as opposed to slow ones (so-called blues); however, the pace must not exceed a certain degree of allegro commensurate with the Aryan sense for discipline and moderation. On no account will negroid excesses in tempo (so-called hot jazz) be permitted, or in solo performances (so-called breaks).â€™ Baldur von Blodheim, Reichsmusicfuhrer und Oberscharfuhrer SS, â€˜Dance Band Rules And Regulations During The 3rd Reichâ€™. (See this site, which also contains such gems as “All light orchestras and dance bands are advised to restrict the use of saxophones of all keys and to substitute for them violon-celli, violas, or possibly a suitable folk instrument.”)