Anglican Samizdat

October 23, 2009

Musical torture

Filed under: music — David Jenkins @ 4:39 pm

Musicians are demanding to know if their music has been used to torture inmates at Guantanamo:

A high-profile coalition of artists — including the members of Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and the Roots — demanded Thursday that the government release the names of all the songs that were blasted since 2002 at prisoners for hours, even days, on end, to try to coerce cooperation or as a method of punishment.

The information has not yet been released, but I can assure the aforementioned that the use of their music for torture has spread far beyond Cuba. It is regularly employed by teenagers with IQ’s numerically lower than their age for tormenting the peace loving inhabitants of my neighbourhood; the bone rattling cacophony emanates from the subwoofers that seem to be concealed in every young person’s car trunk.

I normally respond with a healthy dose of J. S Bach at a similar volume but, alas, the tympana of most of these hearing damaged yahoos can only be stimulated by a full frontal 120 db assault of the raucous bedlam that passes for music in the 21st Century.


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