Thomas Stanley (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 work 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.
Stanley’s Black Art is a loudly joyful noise, illuminated by Black light, the thundering gasp of serendipity in the caverns of bohemia as audio intentionality releasing frothy bubbles of anti-sovereignty, expanding microtemporalities erected as positive ghettoes of solar real estate, Blackadelic afterFutures outside of americanExceptionalism, yielding at least one tripped-out-impossibility of a timeline where no one ever dreamed america and the maroons never came down out of the hills and the Jankanu is still being danced on bloody feet that have never been enslaved and no tin-star soldier ever nullified Strange Fruit.
In 2003, Stanley was drafted by broadcast legend Bobby Hill to help design and launch an undergraduate course at George Mason University exploring Hip Hop as a complete cultural system. This highly popular course quickly turned into an assistant professorship which Stanley (in)famously used as a platform for radicalizing young minds until 2017 when his position was converted to adjunct status. Stanley/Bushmeat is an Independent Public Intellectual/Sound Artist working in the wilds of early 21st century North America because Black Art, Black Light, Black Love, and Black Lives Matter.
THE EXECUTION of SUN RA
Thomas Stanley has given himself the daunting task of taking Ra seriously as a critical thinker while not violating Ra's refusal to exclude paradox, play, outright contradiction, jokes puns, bon mots and loopy homemade aphorisms from the kaleidoscopic critical mix. If Stanley doesn't succeed in rationalizing Ra's arcana for academia, he's certainly made the gamest attempt yet at rhizomaticising the many-splendored knotty tangle of Mr. Mystery's soaring and sonorous metaphysics.
~~ Greg Tate, writer
Thank you for your book Thomas. It is amazing!!! I completed it on a bus in Germany. I went into it expecting it to be about Sun Ra in a more or less typical biographical format but soon discovered that it's SO much more than that. I learned an incredible amount, thought a lot, and FELT a lot when I read it. Tears on the last chapter. The feeling lingers. Above all (at least to me) what shines through is the tremendous love that went into it. Thank you for bringing it into the world!
~~ Mark Cooley, professor
LECTURES and WORKSHOPS
Stanley's work erupts at the churning intersections of sound art, noise-music, and afrofuturism, all informed by his travels through the inner and outer cosmos. Sessions with Stanley can become pointed interventions, rife with broad musical references, blackadelic dimensional shifts, and a genuine love for human beings and their evolving condition away from war and slavery -- towards some kind of collective renewal and justice.
Bushmeat is a term borrowed from parts of Africa where humans supplement domestic foodstuffs with wild game. While the killing of primates and other endangered species for food is highly discouraged, the name conveys the sense that Stanley is sustained by sources beyond the reach of consensus. Dr. Stanley uses Bushmeat (registered since 2018 w/USPTO) as the banner for his solo electronics. His radio show on WPFW is called Bushmeat Jams.
MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND (MOM²)
MIND OVER MATTER MUSIC OVER MIND or MOM² have been liberating zones of sonic sedition since 2004. Dr. Stanley is joined by bassist and multi-instrumentalist Luke Stewart for a performance product that takes no prisoners and leaves no mansion ungnawed. americanExceptionalism is the gentrification of white supremacy, a retrograde, planet-wasting ideology.
- BLACKADELIC BASHMENT 2019
Join WPFW and on-air host Bushmeat for an afroFuturistic fundraiser bringing together some of the nation's top purveyors of Blackadelic Expression for one expansive night of Time travel and History hacking.
ashleySHEY makes art with posture, movement and kinesis. Not categorically reducible to dance, her moving presence will be a constant vector throughout the evening.
Similarly, live painter Khalid Thompson will layer canvas during the course of our bashment with color and form, generating and submerging his strokes and splashes as he synergizes Ashley's gestures and the musician's sounds.
Jamal Moore is a commanding reed player and multi-instrumentalist. The leader and founder of Organix Trio and Coppin State University professor has been able to incorporate ethnomusicological research into his latest project "Psalms of Baltimore" to explore the migration and historic experience of African Americans, specifically people who called Baltimore home.
Joining us will be clarinetist, bandleader and composer Angel Bat Dawid. Just a few years after descending on Chicago's jazz & improvised music scene, the potency of her cosmic musical proselytizing has taken her from relatively unknown improviser to borderline ubiquitous performer in Chicago's avant garde. Her latest release "The Oracle"features tracks that Angel created entirely alone – performing, overdubbing & mixing all instruments & voices by herself.
Blacks' Myths create pulsing, hypnotic rhythmic structures that churn unpredictably, all while exploring the cracks and ambiance in between. The DC duo is comprised of Luke Stewart on bass and Warren G. "Trae" Crudup III on drums. Their eponymous debut is a snapshot of two collaborators at the height of their alchemy, expanding the idea of a rhythm section into something both ancient and futuristic.
Formed in 2017, Model Home is the project of experimental musician Patrick Cain and southeast rapper NappyNappa. Vaguely like a hip hop noise band, Model Home flips and reverses figure and ground so many times, and in so many ways, that listening becomes an ankh-shaped moebius strip.
Aphrosoul has in some capacity been in the music scene just over half his life. From club security, to doorman, to promoter, to club dancer to DJ. spinning a high quality, very danceable blend of eclectic soul music, Aphrosoul has been a conduit for AfroFuturistic visions and can be heard on WPFW every Thursday morning from 2-5am.
Ada Pinkston is a multimedia artist, educator, and cultural organizer living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Born in New York, her art explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies using monoprint, performance, experimental video, and collage techniques. Inter-subjective exchanges are the primary substrate of her work.