phuturo is the re-emergence of pre-industrial cultural artifacts, traditions, styles, performance, etc., in context with, and remixed with, futurist or future-oriented and technologically-based media.
Though the respelling and coinage of phuturo (from the latin/spanish ‘futuro’) was already in existence, the re-purposing and re-defining of this word was done by Bryan Glosemeyer in 2011.
While working on my latest 8tracks.com mix http://8tracks.com/dj_dim_mak/phuturo-bass-riddims I was struggling with what I wanted to call it. Most of the tracks in this mix are from a relatively new genre of electronic dance music called ‘future bass.’ However, several of these tracks, while very futuristic in their sound and very cutting-edge in their production process, had key elements of world wide and pre-industrial music. And not just sampled elements, as is often the case in current electronic music, but performed by live musicians, trained in a particular and long lasting cultural tradition, with the intention that they would be part of a more contemporary, hi-tech and futuristic media. I wanted a word that not only conveyed genre elements of future bass, but also alluded to these pre-industrial, non-anglo elements. I used to attend a drum ‘n’ bass club night in San Francisco many years ago called Phuturo. While this particular club night was exclusively for drum ‘n’ bass music and certainly had no connotation with pre-industrial world musics, I felt that it also had that ‘certain ring’ to it that captured what I was going for.
In a sense, phuturo is the reversal of the steam punk genre. Whereas steam punk is integrating and mixing up high tech elements into a pre-industrial, or early-industrial, context, phuturo is taking the pre-industrial elements into not only a current context, but a futuristic one.
There are some key musical artists/groups that I would consider major contributors to the phuturo movement: Beats Antique, China Dub Soundsystem, Talvin Singh, Enigma, and DJ /rupture are the ones that first come to mind.
This movement is certainly not limited to music, but in film, visual, and performing arts well. However, I am far less versed in these mediums and am currently searching out artists and performers I would consider phuturo. My wife thinks that Fefe Talavera http://www.flickr.com/photos/fefe_talavera/ would be a good example of a phuturo visual artist. I also tend to think back to the crowded street scenes from the movie Blade Runner. I would love to hear some feedback from artists, dancers, writers, etc on their thoughts about what I’m calling phuturo and what examples they think fit.