Ambient Music and Late Capitalism is probably not a pairing that naturally springs to mind. However, a fragmentation and subsequent reformation of the music industry in the age of streaming and sponsored content has led to the two becoming strange bedfellows. The unprecedented influence and possibilities of the internet in a globalised world have corroded sectors of Ambient Music, and opportunistic capitalism has intruded in a manner not previously possible. Nico Callaghan identifies existential issues facing primarily – but not exclusively – modern Ambient Music, and looks to those who offer insight and innovation in the face of corporate intrusions.
Snakes In The Grass was originally published in a print edition by Daisart and General Enquiry to accompany the album "Timeless" by Nico Niquo released in 2018. This audio-book was recorded, produced and spoken by Nico Callaghan in 2019.
Daisart have decided to make this audio-book available for free download with the option of payment. Digital sales will be donated to Children's Ground to support First Nations communities devastated by intergenerational disadvantage. These donations will help the next generation of children to be free from trauma and suffering, enjoy equity and safety, be able to grow into adulthood happy and healthy, and have agency over their social, cultural, political and economic life.
Recorded at the Perry Institute of Fauna & Street Sound (PIFSS) on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.