Emerging musical cultures. Sound and sensibility in the service of noetic (r)evolution. AfroFuturism as an organizational stratagem.
Thomas Stanley, PhD (a/k/a Bushmeat Sound) is an artist, author, and activist deeply committed to audio culture in the service of personal growth and social change. He is co-author of George Clinton and P-Funk : An Oral History (1998, Avon paperback) and has written and lectured extensively on emergent musical cultures. As an artist, performer, and curator, Stanley has been an integral part of a vibrant visionary music scene straddling the Baltimore-Washington corridor. His audio work exploits the capacity of sound and music to anchor, frame, and energize our subjective experience of history. Thomas Stanley is a founding member of Transparent Productions, a non-profit volunteer collective that has produced over 300 improvised jazz and experimental music concerts since 1997. He hosts "Bushmeat's Jam Session" a weekly collage of radical music on WPFW-FM radio. In 2014 he authored the Execution of Sun Ra, a critical response to the cosmological prognostications of the late jazz iconoclast. His doctoral research examined Butch Morris' art of Conduction as an extended meta-instrument offering unique opportunities for musical pedagogy and ensemble consciousness. He is also featured in “Stranger”, a documentary film about seminal P-Funk and Talking Heads keyboardist Bernie Worrell.