The Monochronium Prophecy

 

Celebrating ten years of creative partnership with the artist Hazel Evans, Momo and she announce a special release – a reinterpretation of her original album exploring an epic and intimate black & white storyscape.

 

 

It’s been one of most productive and significant artistic friendships for Mr Peach’s work, but he finds it hard to believe a decade has already gone since he first worked with Hazel Evans.

“She approached me after her first exhibition of The Monochronium, just wanting a spot of her poetry recording,” says Timo. “So, smash-cut to six week’s later and the most bonkers brilliant concept album existed.”

Adventures Into The Monochronium was timed to coincide with Hazel’s second exhibition at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre For The Arts, in May 2012, as it’s first visual artist in residence. A collabration between her and a number of artists, including Momo:tempo, the expo explored a monochrome world with many hints and impressions of narrative, reflected especially in the recordings she and Timo wrote together for visitors’ ears.

“We neither of us expected it to grow such legs so quickly,” he says, “but it was infectious – the work coming out of us, and the flow of collaborating on it. Something about it struck up a really fun artistic friendship – and we went on to explore lots of other work together.
 
 

The face of the future.

 
Not least of that work was Hazel putting her face and voice to Behave New World and, in turn, the first series of Unsee The Future, all flowing from Momo’s exploration of science fiction and the way it’s shaped the future. This culminated in the pocket epic testbed musical show Five Songs To Help Us Unsee The Future, with filmmaker Andy Robinson, in which Hazel took on the part of The Muse, joining Timo’s Ghost of Future Shock in guiding an audience around  stories of scifi and a different vision of tomorrow.

But alongside other works with Hazel, including projects with her then theatre group Valise Noire Storytelling Theatre, the pair returned to The Monochronium many times during the following decade, in live iterations of parts of the story and even developing a shooting script from Hazel’s first draft of the novelisation.

“It’s such a rich and inspiring story,” Timo explains. “In the times Hazel’s stayed with the lovely first lady of Momo and I to work on things, the details emerging from her writing have captivated us. And I think it shows in the work. It’s been wonderful to be part of. I wish I could tell you more about what happens in the narrative!”

Most recently, Hazel joined Timo on the last episode of his first interview series for Unsee The Future: The Hopeychattybits. “Meeting artists, solarpunks and changemakers reimagining the stories we think we’re in”, episode ten turned into a bit of a celebration of Hazel’s work and the pair’s artistic friendship, as well as an exploration of the inner landscapes of storytelling that might have much to say in times of crisis and fear.

“We went back to Lighthouse to film a special, thanks to Elspeth McBain, the centre’s director, and to Michael Hancock joining us to record a wonderful chat,” Mr Peach says. “And as ever, we had rather too much fun.”
 
 

Time for the prophecy.

 
But in getting together again for the first time since before the pandemic, Hazel and Momo felt there might be something to say with a celebratory re-release of the original LP.

“It’s a waypoint, ten years,” says Timo. “It feels like a midpoint moment in time – a chance to acknowledge the past and celebrate that work, but also to look forward to the implications of it yet to come.”

As such, the pair wanted to let the work speak to this collective moment in time especially, and so a re-ordering of the original pieces inspired Hazel to write some new meditations to carefully replace four of the original pieces – Prophecy Tales that imply something of the purpose and experience of The Monochronium for Hazel as an artist.

“It was tough to remove The Art Of Waiting, The Wardrobe Post Office, One Momo In Time and Transcribbling The Ages,” Momo says with sadface, “but they still exist in the canon of The Monochronium and will feature in new incarnations of any theatrical realisations of this story. They are parts of the tale. But this flow is saying something in particular, and it is beautiful as Hazel has gently re-imagined it.”

“I felt like I was almost being ministered to as Hazel added some vocals to things in the sessions” he says thoughtfully. “This is a wonderful celebration of musical artistic work I’ve always been super proud of. It’s worth 40minute and 40seconds of everyone’s time in good headphones.”

You can find The Monochronium Prophecy exclusively at Hazel Evans’ Bandcamp pages >

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Momo launches “22022022” creative season.

Save the date, February 22nd. The new single from Momo:tempo is released, promoting a new series of creative interviews and accompanying book series – all to help anyone “think like an artist and change the world” in an era of crisis.

 


 
How Big is the audacious big beat new tune from Bournemouth music artist and social impact storyteller, Timo Peach – but it’s no coincidence that the B-side to this new release is a new mix of the signature tune to his idosyncratic research cast. For, after 31 foundational episodes of Unsee The Future, exploring “how to encourage the more hopeful human tomorrow” the single is a flag for its new spin-off interview series: UTF: The Hopeychattybits.

“Regular listeners to Unsee will have heard bits of Timey Blimey a lot,” says Timo of the show’s theme, “but up until now they’ll have only heard my voice on the episodes – the Hopeychattybits is about to change this.”

Being Momo, the new music release is not just releasing new music.

“Meeting artists, solarpunks and changemakers”, the new podcast is an interview series designed to show how some creatives are already “challenging the stories we think we’re in”. A theme so central to Momo’s work, it’s the title of the first book from his findings – which he is also sharing an essay chapter of each week to his mailing list, starting on the 22nd.

 

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A guidebook to redrawing the future.

 
UTF: How to think like an artist and change the world is “the non-art student’s guide to what the hell art is for in an era of crisis” and explores nine practices of art that can help ordinary readers see the world around them differently. An idea vital to times that seem locked on a course to planetary destruction, thinks Timo.

“The book is a kind of codification of what researching Unsee‘s core episodes showed me – that art is what we most need, in a sense, to the change the world. Because it’s how humans change the way we see the world, including potentially the cultures that lead us down this catastrophic path” he says.

Like co-hosting The Global Goals Music Roadshow with AY Young – which is also returning next week, to EarthX TV – writing the book is as much about connecting people to other creatives, makers and ideas as anything he is making.

“It can also act as a kind of handbook to the work of some remarkable people, trying to re-imagine the future from the boring dystopias we are constantly told are inevitable. People I am lining up to talk to from the world of solarpunk and futurism in the first new UTF podcast series. I can’t wait to share their stories.”


 

Music to shake out the stories we think we’re in.

 
It all reflects the idea of finding courage to look forward with vision, in an era of crisis that a globalised 21st century society seems to have lost the capacity to do in the everyday, as Timo explored in his Christmas live talk: Is Generation X about to discover what its name stands for? And all of this stemmed from an original project that was itself, art.

The lead single, How Big, is taken from the long-in-development The Shape of Things To Hum and, like every piece on the LP that started Momo’s exploration of the future, explores a theme of science fiction – in this case, “the galactic megalomaniac”. It’s video reflects a certain power-crazed madness, but looks more like global figures closer to home than Ming The Merciless.

“I was planning to release it during Davos week,” smirks Timo, “which tells you something. But Davos was postponed until the summer. Which is disappointing for hoping to get this projected on a blimp over the Swiss alps.”

“Scifi has been teaching us the future for generations,” he adds, “but our generation is due to find the courage to write whole new stories of us. Futures we actually want to live in. This will take the courage of artists to bring alive, but solarpunk is the genre to manage this.”

 

How Big is out February 22nd 2022 on all digital platforms and Momo:tempo’s Bandcamp >

Unsee The Future: The Hopeychattybits EP01 debuts live the same day on Momo’s YouTube channel and later on your favourite podcast app.

UTF: How to think like an artist and change the world begins weekly from the same day for subscribers to the Momo:memos >

Momo announces a brand new single How Big with a special end of year live talk

A belter of a new tune announces a timeline to the very-long-awaited-indeed new LP from Timo Peach – but does so with an online event to perhaps help some of us Unsee The Future, as 2021 draws to a close.

 

It may have been years since the first tune to be announced from the forthcoming Momo:tempo album The Shape Of Things To Hum, but for the bloke from Momo himself a lot has happened since Behave New World was released. Like reshaping his whole view of the human tomorrow because of this very work –  but now he’s back, with a new single from the epic project. And he’s launching it like a social impact storyeller, with a live stream story.

 

 

In 2020, Momo was selected to support TEDx Southampton as a speaker but, postponed as the event was until this year for pandemic reasons, he was unable to share his talk this autumn – and so is sharing it with everyone now, as part of the launch of the new piece of music.

 

Thursday December 16 2021 LIVE
Is Generation X about to discover
what its name stands for?

A live talk from Unsee The Future‘s Timo Peach
previewing the brand new single from Momo:tempo

 

 

“I’ve been sitting on the talk for more than a year,” says Mr Peach, “but I’ve been sitting on this tune for at least three, and it’s burning a hole in my portfolio! It’s a freaking great tune I want to share now, to signal a music new year for Momo.”

The livestream will also announce some of Momo’s plans for 2022 after a busy autumn researching different events, including the much talked about COP26.

“Artists were very under-represented,” Timo says, “and the music industry in general seemed oddly absent. But talking with Fay from Music Declares Emergency, who appeared on a forthcoming episode of The Global Goals Music Roadshow with us, it is clear lots is happening in musical communites about our social and environmental crises, and how to respond creatively. And I just want to share some work into this story at this point.”

 

Catch up on the livestream right here >

 

 

Solarpunk: Better than a new utopia?

 

Timo Peach shares a special episode of his playful research cast that may be unlocking a subject the whole creative curriculum has been working towards.

 

A music artist may be supposed to make music but sometimes a side track can reshape a whole output. When Momo:tempo’s project The Shape of Things To Hum began to take its own shape it lead to a spot of light human planet exploration by Timo Peach that became the foundation for a new personal worldview. And now, after 30 episodes, Unsee The Future is back with an introduction to an idea the whole series may have been waiting for.

“I’ve been sitting on the subject of Solarpunk for two years,” he says. “I wanted to get it right. I could sense it was an idea that my instincts had been leading me to this whole time without realising, and I wanted to feel ready to put it out there officially and go on the subsequent journey.

“Then, this spring, I just suddenly felt to get it finished and released. Not sure why. But it opens the way for me to go meet a lot of solarpunk creatives and begin spreading the word.”

 

 

Listen to or read the brand new episode of Unsee The Future EP31: Solarpunk >

 

A viable alternative vision of tomorrow?

So what is Solarpunk? Or a solarpunk? As Timo found, it’s an evocative word that comparatively few people have heard of, which surprised him. But it represents a different way of imagining the global future.

“The name seems to have the same effect on most people as it did me – just a wow, I immediately sort of get it. But… tell me more” he says. “It’s an idea that has grown into a naturally decentralised creative movement. Expressed in fiction, concept art, music, architecture – lots of articulations around the world, but all based on the positive instinct to reconfigure tech we already have today with a rebalanced view of the natural world and its systems. “The political wing of permaculture” as early steward of the scene Jay Springett said to me.”

Following in the wake of popular cosplay and fiction style steampunk, which precipitated a lot of other _punks, Solarpunk is the only one to represent a political intention. As EP31 of Unsee explains.

“I quoted a few people in the episode I am now just beginning to speak to,” says Mr Peach. “Jay Springett is a founder of solarpunks.net and a fascinating bloke, as I found out after chatting with him after he’d already listened to the Unsee episode. He’s so quoteable! I’d urge anyone to explore his output – his founding talk on the subject is a must read immediately after you”ve introduced yourself to Solarpunk via my episode!”

Solarpunk fuses many aspects of sustainable technology and thinking with a fundamental-seeming need for new narratives for the future. And this is a conclusion Unsee The Future lead its writer to believe also.

“My whole practical mission now is to help people think like an artist and change the world,” Timo explains, “and this came out of my research with the podcast, beginning with trying to make sense of a frame work for problem solving like the Global Goals. What’s driving our global bad habits is an arcane economic story – a way of seeing the world with values attached that aren’t serving us healthily at all. But a story that itself has eroded collective belief in any other way of seeing things.

“Solarpunk may be the first realistic alternative to the inevitable seeming destructive human futures. And better than a new utopia because it’s not about trying to get people to conform and fall in – almost the opposite.”

It’s an idea so inspiring the bloke from Momo he is planning a new Unsee The Future interview series: UTF: Hopey-Chatty Bits.

“I’ve been sitting on that for a while too,” he says sheepishly, “but at the start of the summer I’m going to begin a regular show meeting solarpunk artists and other thinkers using art practices and solarpunk narratives to demonstrate new stories of us. And I just know their testimonies will help inspire the more hopeful human tomorrow.”

 

Read an introduction to the Solarpunk episode over on Momo’s social impact storytelling site Momo:zo >

The Global Goals Music Roadshow

Music artist and voice of Unsee The Future Timo Peach co-hosts “the people’s show for changing the world” with fellow music artist AY Young, US Young Leader to the UN and creator of the remarkable Battery Tour.

 

How you do become a changemaker? Isn’t it a role for motivated superstar activists? It’s the question driving the new weekly online show from writer, performer, producer and environmental champion AY Young, and which tempted in the bloke from Momo to help. The Global Goals Music Roadshow meets ordinary people finding their voices about the human future, sharing their stories of projects and initiatives well under way or of their questions for how to even begin – in a lively format that reflects two natural entertainers that have clearly found each other.

“I was introduced to AY by a mutual friend, who herself kind of found me, through my consultancy work with Momo:zo” says Mr Peach himself. “Eller Everett of digital social impact team Both Of Us is such a knowledgable enthusiast for planet and permaculture and she simply said to me: “I only know of one other person who talks like you do about music and environment – I will introduce you.

“That was fateful” he adds soberly.

 

 

With four and a half thousand miles and twenty years between them, to say nothing of core music styles, the two artists found a kindred approach to both planet and performing.

“AY is a natural music maker. Rather like me, he can just make music all life long and inhabit it. He’s also creatively broad in it, with a beautiful versatile voice and ear” Momo enthuses. “But really, he’s an entertainer – I feel like we can trust each other on stage and take cues. And we’ve only met through screens.

“He wants to make the GG Show Saturday Night Live: The Environmental Musical. How the hell could I not be all in?”

“He’s also simply bringing star quality with authenticity about his mission. This combination is, I suspect, rare in both showbiz and music, and it infects everyone he meets, including me. He’s brilliant with people.”

 

Outlets for change.

That mission is one that Timo is happy to get behind. To help ordinary people plug their passions into changemaking, right where they are – and help viewers get energised about the possibilities of global transformation. Just when we so rapidly need it.

As guests share how they are becoming outlets for change, including some remarkable classrooms with AY’s Outlet Teachers, we also learn about AY’s upcoming sustainability projects following his impressive and singular Battery Tour, demonstrating how to run music shows on 100% solar and battery power.

“Yeah, he toured hundreds of shows, all over the US and some other nations, powered by solar and battery tech, and helped to raise money to leave some of that tech in less advantaged communities. It brought him to the attention of the UN and now he is the only Young Leader from the US representing the organisation” Timo explains.

The show refers to the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (17 SDGs) as a framework for supporting changemakers’ thinking in lots of different sectors, and as such covers a world of interconnected issues.

“Yes,” Timo concludes, “we explore lots of different topics to connect with in this planetary time of crisis, to help you feel like you can take part in building a better future no matter what things may look like on usual channels. Being around AY and just getting stuck in to developing this format, learning out loud together, has helped this hypocritical old utopian hitch up his socks more regularly. And being invited into all the development he’s done of this project, hearing the moving stories from people’s different experiences every week… it’s changed the way I think about my own work and approach.

“Plus, the between the two of us, the show is gently nuts” he adds flatly.

 

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AY is developing his Global Goals album, 17, with the help of some big name artists and grassroots changemakers alike – 17 songs to represent 17 goals to give ordinary all of us voice about the shape of the human planet future.

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The Global Goals Music Roadshow is the beginnings of a media platform for sharing stories of people and organisations all trying out initiatives across the spectrum of the SDGs challenges, and it promotes the Battery Tour project AY and the team are developing. This includes:

1. ALBUM: collaborating with the biggest artists in the world to do a 17 song album. 1 song for each Sustainable Development Goal. Produced sustainably and powered by renewable energy.

2. TOUR: 17 dates around the USA in 2022 all powered 100% by renewable energy.

3. WORKSHOP & INDUSTRY GUIDEBOOK WITH THE UNITED NATIONS: Hosting a virtual workshop that will result in a guidebook that provides a roadmap for the entertainment industry on how to tour and record an album sustainably as well as to encourage an uptick in artists using their platform for good and instill in them the willingness to act and engage more frequently on social causes.

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