In the Golden Age progress music was heard in the background by nearly everybody. The first phone, the first car, the first house, the first summer holiday, the first TV — all to progress music. Then the arrival of sexual intercourse, in 1966, and the full ascendancy of the children of the Golden Age. Martin Amis.
Amis refers to the term ‘progress music’ as a form of commercial, amateur and state valourisation that followed the ‘children of the Golden Age’. A brassy soundtracked march filled with triumphalism and futurity, befitting to the growth of post war England in its societal and technological revolutions. For Progress Music, South Kiosk have commissioned a new sound and film work by artist James Bulley that will propose new visions for future Progress Music, drawing on archive film material and the work of electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram, alongside new compositions. The project will also commission a series of new print works from a variety of artists.
Dave Charlesworth, Philip Serfaty, Ben James