There are considerable resources online devoted to the dark subject of music, torture, and violence. This page at Social Musicology has links to important articles by Suzanne Cusick, M.J. Grant, and others. Grant recently wrote a powerful overview of the music-and-torture question for VAN magazine, which has rapidly established itself as a venue for unfettered music writing. On music torture at Guantánamo and other American prisons, see Cusick's “You are in a place that is out of the world...," Tony Lagouranis and Allen Mikaelian's Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator’s Dark Journey Through Iraq, Moustafa Bayoumi's "Disco Inferno," and David Peisner's "Music as Torture," among other sources. The log of the interrogation of Mohammed al-Qahtani can be read here.
Some significant books that I was unable to discuss in the piece: Jonathan Pieslak's Radicalism & Music, examining the musical tastes of Al Qaeda militants, racist skinheads, Christian radicals, and eco/animal rights militants; Steve Goodman's Sonic Warfare; and the anthologies Music, Politics, and Violence, Music and Conflict, and Music and Genocide. Pieslak recently wrote a piece on the music of the Islamic State.
President Obama said in Orlando today: "You can't make up the world into 'us' and 'them,' and denigrate and express hatred towards groups because of the color of their skin, or their faith, or their sexual orientation, and not feed something very dangerous in this world."
The GVSU New Music Ensemble, which won nationwide notice back in 2007 with their buoyant recording of Music for 18 Musicians, have launched a project celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. Eight composers — Alexandra Gardner, Molly Joyce, Betsey Biggs, Patrick Harlin, Rob Deemer, Jeff Herriott, Paula Matthusen, and Phil Kline — have been commissioned to write works related to one or another of the parks; performances at the designated sites will begin on July 1. Watch a video preview.... On a similar theme, Michael Gordon's Natural History will receive its first performance on July 29 against the backdrop of Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon. Teddy Abrams, the director of the Britt Festival, will conduct.... The twelfth edition of the Dog Star Orchestra, Michael Pisaro's annual festival of experimental music, is under way in Los Angeles.... The happy pandemonium of Make Music NY descends again on June 21; this year's Mass Appeal events feature accordions, bagpipes, cymbals, harmonicas, mandolins, and music boxes, among others.... The New England Conservatory's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), affectionately known as Sick Puppy, runs this year from June 19 to 25, with Vinko Globokar as composer-in-residence.... The NY Phil Biennial's Ligeti Forwardseries — the master's three concertos alongside various other works — can now be seen and heard online. Don't miss Pekka Kuusisto's furiously vibrant account of the Ligeti Violin Concerto, with Alan Gilbert leading alumni of the Lucerne Festival Academy.... Pierre-Laurent Aimard has added the Étude No. 2, "Cordes à vide," to his online project exploring Ligeti's piano music.