Song a response to painful daily news

PROPAGANDA MACHINE: BrazilBeat Sound System duo Nego Beto and Mara Weiss recently released single Propaganda Machine is a response to what they see in the news and how it might be manipulated.
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“What is true sometimes is not. Think deeper,” is the message behind Gisborne-based act BrazilBeat Sound System’s recently-released song Propaganda Machine.

“The daily news brings us those pictures of death and destruction,” says BrazilBeat Sound System musician Mara Weiss in her manifesto.

“Those pictures of pain and suffering. The pictures of incompetent leaders. We watch all those pictures and feel a pain in the pit of our stomach. And we think about them later. Don’t we? How can we not? We must. Because we’re human.

“But what if we watch those pictures and feel nothing at all? What if those pictures were all a lie?

“It’s a freakin’ free-for-all right now, images exploding out of every device, enveloping us. The bots know us already, and feed us each day more of what they have learned we like.

“The use of the image is a science, perhaps the most studied science. To present an image and have it successfully absorbed by a large number of people ... this is power.”

Written and performed by Nego Beto and Mara Weiss, Propaganda Machine arose from watching the news and the huge sadness they felt at seeing so many disturbing and horrific events in the world, says Weiss.

“The premise is there is a lot more going on than is presented to us in the news. Writing the song was almost like a catharsis.”

“What is true sometimes is not. Think deeper,” is the message behind Gisborne-based act BrazilBeat Sound System’s recently-released song Propaganda Machine.

“The daily news brings us those pictures of death and destruction,” says BrazilBeat Sound System musician Mara Weiss in her manifesto.

“Those pictures of pain and suffering. The pictures of incompetent leaders. We watch all those pictures and feel a pain in the pit of our stomach. And we think about them later. Don’t we? How can we not? We must. Because we’re human.

“But what if we watch those pictures and feel nothing at all? What if those pictures were all a lie?

“It’s a freakin’ free-for-all right now, images exploding out of every device, enveloping us. The bots know us already, and feed us each day more of what they have learned we like.

“The use of the image is a science, perhaps the most studied science. To present an image and have it successfully absorbed by a large number of people ... this is power.”

Written and performed by Nego Beto and Mara Weiss, Propaganda Machine arose from watching the news and the huge sadness they felt at seeing so many disturbing and horrific events in the world, says Weiss.

“The premise is there is a lot more going on than is presented to us in the news. Writing the song was almost like a catharsis.”

Propaganda Machine can be streamed on Spotify at http://spoti.fi/2tvEjw7, YouTube at http://bit.ly/2sS0Xgt and is available on iTunes, http://apple.co/2tmcpUM

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