In other words, mapping ourselves via headphones or GPS can lead to disorientation. Without analog clues to guide location, the world becomes an Alice-in-Wonderland-like place where signs pointing north nonetheless lead south, and sounds come from the left or right but never straight ahead.
To my ears, the bass boosting of Beats and of home theater systems designed to mimic reality for movies and games doesn’t translate to a “real” experience of music. But my idea of real is based on the experience of physical instruments, acoustic and electric. And perhaps the reality of music itself has undergone a change.
Stroffolino recorded these tracks with Sundance award-winning director Jeff Feuerzeig (“The Devil and Daniel Johnston”) handling the production. Here he is accompanied by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips on the Alice Cooper version ‘I Never Cry’.
Here’s Dean & Britta performing Luna’s Lost in Space with Chris – this track isn’t on the single!
Naomi Yang has collaborated with fashion designer Gary Graham and lighting and lighting designer Susanne Sasic on this beautiful video for Molly Drake’s Dream Your Dreams.
Inspired by the idea that Hope and Dreaming are potential evils and destructive forces, this film uses cut outs and print motifs from [Gary Graham’s] Fall 2014 collection as characters to illustrate Molly Drake’s song “Dream Your Dreams.”
Music has been at the forefront of the assault on analog, and perhaps it can point the way toward its survival as well. Looking at the way we interact with sound can help define a “post-digital analog,” which could solve problems for our digital communications on an even broader scale. And what better place to consider our relationship to analog and digital sound than the two points of audio contact we make with our smartphones all day: through our ears and through our voice.
Naomi has another video:
Short video I edited for fashion designer Gary Graham showing the hypnotic jacquard loom weaving the fabric for the coat Gary designed for the upcoming show “Folk Couture.”