An Evening With Christian Nyampeta
A mixtape streaming temporarily on music platforms including iTunes, Spotify and Tidal, from 21 December 2020

2. Operating Systems

This is dedicated to artist and philosopher Kodwo Eshun, under whose supervision I completed my thesis at the Visual Cultures Department of Goldsmiths. I describe the recording as a sonic sketch because of how I imagine it to differ from the usual methods of composition. For example, the narration recites the table of contents of Eshun’s book, More Brilliant than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic Fiction (1998).

By extension, the song is also a dedication to my peers at Goldsmiths; to the wider artistic community in which the writing emerged; and to the large cohort of fellows, teachers and colleagues across the world who permitted me to call upon them at any time for help. Altogether, the song is an expression of gratitude for the assistance, help, collaboration, solidarity, support and guidance I received during my doctoral studies and beyond from the likes of Jean-Paul Martinon (my second supervisor) and Nicole Wolf at Goldsmiths, as well as my examiners, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Leela Gandhi. In summary, the song is a way to synthesise friendship and affiliation as the operating system for cultural belonging.