When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday

News: Sustainability in Song at Somerset House

“music is prophecy…It makes audible the new world that will gradually become visible” (Attali, Noise, 1977)

How do we understand the implications of climate change on future societies? Can musical practices bring us closer to this understanding through different forms of expression and experience?

‘When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday’ examines how songwriting might help us to imagine the future in light of climate change concerns. It brings together musicians, climate change adaptation researchers, and civic movements, such as Manchester a Certain Future, to explore how music can affect a wider cultural transition towards a more sustainable society.

The Utopia Fair (June 24-26) showcased the creative outcomes from the ‘When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday: Sustainability in Song’ project, led by University of West of Scotland researcher Jo Collinson Scott AKA singer-songwriter Jo Mango. This included the installation of a short film showcasing the project and two live performances with singer-songwriters Louis Abbott,  Craig B and Jo Mango.

The project has been led by Jo Collinson Scott (UWS), Gemma Lawrence (Creative Carbon Scotland), Angela Connelly (The University of Manchester) and Matt Brennan (The University of Edinburgh), and features songs written by Adem, Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Craig Beaton (A Mote of Dust) and Jo Mango. The film was made by WakeUpAdvice.


When Tomorrow Becomes Yesterday from UWS Creative Media Academy on Vimeo.

Interested in finding out more about sustainability efforts in the Scottish music industry? Read our Sustainable Music Festivals Guide created as part of the Fields of Green music festivals research project.

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