Best Soundtrack to the Revolution: PulseWidthMod

During the uprising, plenty of Baltimore musicians, inspired by the history happening all around them, cranked out some really great protest tracks. The one that stuck with us the most was ‘An Awakening’ by Maeghan Donavan, who records as PulseWidthMod. The song was a mysterious, menacing instrumental track in the mode of a John Carpenter score with an inexplicably thrilling sample from the new Star Wars movie’s trailer: “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” Yes, we felt it. All around. A few months later, Donovan released a whole album of similarly ominous electronic tracks about the uprising titled “#fearwillkeepthelocalsystemsinline” (and featuring a photo from CP Photo Editor J.M. Giordano as cover art), with samples from local and national news and such pointed song titles as ‘governments are afraid’ and ‘accountability.’ Made entirely with synthesizers and heavily improvised, the tracks figured themselves out as they go along—a lot like the uprising itself.

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