Damnsonic were recently invited to DJ at The Penzance Convention – an arts conference reflecting on the theme of extraction. It seemed logical to, if possible, try and put together a set which was somehow ‘on-theme’ and to take the opportunity to explore the diversity of explicit representations of extractive industries (including mining, hunting, agriculture) within recorded music from the past to the present day.
I prepared the following set and a little bit of spiel to put some of the tracks into context. However, when it came to playing we decided to present the tunes in a regular DJing – non-lecture-like – thing because attendees had essentially been lectured to, lecturing and conferencing all day. It seemed they clearly wanted to just let their hair down and have a little dance by the time 10pm rolled around.