We're a group of people from England's North (from Birmingham up) making music and art from algorithms, shared here in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
We join calls for justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but also reflect on the situation here in the UK, including the lack of justice for Stephen Lawrence, for Christopher Alder, for the people lost in the New Cross and Grenfell fires, for the Windrush deportees and all suffering under our government’s 'hostile environment' policy.
We want educational reform, so that the next generation can open their eyes to Black British history. Stating that 'Black Lives Matter' should not be difficult, but right now it’s not enough to be non-racist. We need to be anti-racist.
We also reflect on our own small communities of practice. So much of the music we love - Jazz, House, Soul, Funk, Jungle, Techno - is music of the African diaspora, created in the context of political struggle. Too often the music is exploited and whitewashed for a mainstream audience. We all need these and future waves of afrofuturism to imagine brighter times. Let's take responsibility, take action to confront racial injustice, and make space for that future.
We share this compilation on a 'pay as you feel' basis, but please give generously if you can. All proceeds will go to Young Minds Together, a group of Black girls making music and dance in Rotherham UK, in need of your help to rebuild post-pandemic.
Included in the download is a PDF with more info about each track and resources for how you can get involved.
The first Compassion Through Algorithms compilation was put out by Algorave Tokyo and is available at algorave-tokyo.bandcamp.com