Arthur Brown – Manifesto

Music, performance and the place of ‘The Arts’ in the 21st Century.

“WHEN THE MODE OF THE MUSIC CHANGES, THE WALLS OF THE CITY SHAKE”(Plato, used by Allen Ginsberg in his essay of 1961)

A society is created to support, safeguard and nourish the individuals that make it up. In return, the individuals have to perform their side of the bargain – to support, safeguard and nourish the society.

Belief structures are created that support the society and the individuals’ relation to it. Practical systems are built up – transport, shops, cinemas, entertainment centers, seats of finance, religion and government. Through these the individual’s lives are facilitated and regulated. And in turn the individuals contribute to the development of the society.

In this way the institutions guarantee both sides of the bargain. However, modern technology and vast sums of money have produced AI. It has been adopted as the central interactive interface between societies and their component citizens. This was supposedly through the social media, going to make the two-way process easier. What has happened is that online identities have been created – separate from the person they represent, and living in a digital world controlled by a machine intelligence. These identities are more and more controlled by the media – and the forces and personalities that invent them.

All political, economic, religious and social systems designed for a world before this technology are being found lacking in their capacity to deal with the challenges that a world formed in the image of this technology has produced.

The two way flow of the society and the individual has been coloured, interrupted, and marred by the forces of politics and money. In other words – when skewed human nature intervenes, problems arise and skew the interactive nature of the bargain.

What we are actually seeing is a time when all knowledge is put before us, and our capacities are revealed. It is also a time when those who only serve their own interest are drawn up against those who wish to do their best for all. The history of Humankind, with the gifts and pitfalls of human nature are being set before us in stark relief.

AI is based on a binary system. It represents the approach that predominates in our society – the dualistic consciousness and thought structure – us, them; black, white etc. We have followed this for centuries now. We are seeing its limitations when we try to fit a human consciousness in to that mould/image. We need to move away from this before we destroy ourselves and the systems and world we have built. We need to move on, beyond the limits of dualistic thought. We need to ‘have a heart’.

When the two-way system runs freely, the guarantor of its operation is compassion. The caring for all peoples and life forms comes from beyond the dualistic consciousness. Not that this consciousness has no place or purpose in a balanced humanity; but it needs to be guided by considerations that are beyond any model this consciousness can build.

So, when this two-way process is co-opted by power hungry, greedy ‘crazies’ it is a tool of oppression of one part of human society by another and of oppression of other creatures and natural forms that inhabit our planet in the course of this primary oppression.

An ancient saying is………

“WHEN THE MODE OF THE MUSIC CHANGES, THE WALLS OF THE CITY SHAKE” (Plato, used by Allen Ginsberg in his essay of 1961)


In other words, music by its direct effect on the mind, heart and soul, can alter the psyche of the people making up a society. The attempt to make music a commodity whose value is judged only monetarily as a mirror to the a1 current model of the human being is something we should all RESIST!

We need a lot more money to be poured into ‘THE ARTS’ and into small independent theatres – ones who risk developing adventurous shows, bringing a cutting edge to the public awareness of changing values. We need more money for the musicians who serve society and bring the heart into the center of the public consciousness. We need voices that question our values. Music dictated by industry (even the music industry) will only reach a true hearts surface. We need those willing to go into their own depths and publicly expose them.

Music can be a voice of the downtrodden, a voice of angels, a voice of anger, a voice of mercy, love and hope. It can help breakdown prejudice. It can also be the background to all our daily activities. It can raise our mundane working life into a harmonious world wide ritual. It is a language that can unite the whole of humanity.

Is that not worth paying for?

I asked Siri “how much does a musician earn?” The answer was “24,000.00 GBP per annum” I asked “How many musicians are there in the UK?” The answer was 52,000. Obviously large numbers of people who are musicians are not addressed in this. Even if we look at the arts as a whole one and a half billion does no more than uphold the larger existing venues and their buildings for a short time.

Supporting the arts and music are the way that the society has of listening to the voices of artists, poets and musicians and receiving guidance as to how they wish the society to be. They, in this, are representing all the other people and especially those who are audiences and fans.

Failing to support them is a blindness that will lead to dissatisfaction and even perhaps REVOLUTION! Not many people are developed enough to listen to the sound of a government funded building unless it be the sound of music being played in it or a play being enacted. Who besides the government is going to pay these artists and musicians? Maybe a small tax on everyone would give all people a deeper involvement with artistic performances of all kinds. Not only do they pay ticket money which supports the event but for instance, by their paying the tax they are actually keeping musicians afloat even when there is no concert during a particular period. Maybe also huge names can be taxed on their performances and become benefactors of the musicians community and honour those who are perhaps not as fortunate or talented as themselves. I remember that Peter Townshend (The Who), used, in an early part of his career to donate a substantial amount (I think above 1/5th) of the total amount of his earnings to the Meher Baba foundation. We can instead make this money available to the musicians and the arts. This still leaves room for the mega rich outside the music community to give in like manner, much like Bill Gates has done to various health foundations.

The artist has a sense of worth and esteem, attributed through the fact that he/she understands the role, purpose and service of their work as a reflection of the heart, voice and culture of the community. (What is spoken in the heart and the rules of the culture).