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Commons (feat. Vandana Shiva)

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The first single of THE HOUSE WE LIVE IN, a musical and visual experience questioning our relationship to the world and to nature, built on original video interviews of first rank personalities dedicated to environmental issues.


Because we live in an interconnected world,
and human society depends deeply
on what
nature gives us,
all societies which have thought of human welfare
and the public good
have always
the Commons.
Since the Commons support the common welfare,
their enclosure, their privatization, their grabbing
is the basis of poverty.
Poverty isn’t the original state
in which societies are.
Poverty is the result
of exploitation,
privatization and enclosures of the Commons.

They could be the Commons
that were the pastures,
the Commons that were the fields,
the Commons that were the forests,
the Commons that are the seeds,
the Commons of biodiversity,
the Commons of the culture of sharing and caring
that goes with seeing our seeds as Commons.

And as we turned plants
into commodities
that are treated as
private property
or intellectual property,
because these are connected to royalty collection,
we get a shrinkage from the 10,000 species
that have sustained the human diet
to a few hundred
and now just four :
corn, canola, soya, cotton.
And biodiversity is the basis of health.
This amazing body of ours
is deeply connected to the Earth.
We are the Earth.
The word human comes from the word humus,
which means soil.
The enclosures of the biodiversity Commons also
has consequences of an economic kind,
a zero-cost function from biodiversity
is now a high-cost commodity
that the corporations sell.

But it isn't just what nature gives us that is the Commons.
Whatever community creates
for the common good,
to keep in the public domain
is a Commons.
That’s why societies with a lot of struggle,
created health systems that are public systems,
education systems that are public systems,
transport systems that are public systems,
energy systems that are public systems.
Because we need all of this
to create good societies.
We need all of this
to create justice
and equality in society.


released October 17, 2019
music by bravery in battle
lyrics by bravery in battle after vandana shiva

strings : yako quartet
ludovic thilly, pierre maestra : violins
vincent verhoeven : viola
alban lebrun : cello

brass :
simon douguet, ignacio ferrera-mena : trumpets
cyril bernhardt, vincent radix : trombones

recorded and mixed by djaisan taouss
strings recorded by alban sautour @audilane studios


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bravery in battle Paris, France

Bravery in Battle (Paris) produces a music blending spoken voice (as the source of melody), video, science, philosophy, electric and acoustic instruments, (strings, brass, bells) and seeks to offer global works questionning, with music, our relationship to the world.
Founded by Paul Malinowski, in 2010, they have created a wide and unique sound, powerful and full of melancholy at the same time.
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