Describing The Music
IDEA: A description of the record rather than make the music itself.
WHAT: The book will be divided into chapters in the same way that an album is separated in to tracks. Each chapter will describe in precise detail what sounds to use, how they should be organised and occasionally an approximation of what the net result should sound like. Crucially it must be able to be recorded for real given enough time, access and resources. However, he will never make the record. It will always just be a description of the music itself.
The book is already fully funded, but you can still pre-order here.
WHY: Somewhere buried in the last 100 years between the invention of the microphone, the tape machine, the sampler and the computer, music has undergone a formidable and profound revolution. Instead of making music with specifically designed instruments, we can now make music out of anything (whether it is intrinsically musical or not). Why use a violin when you can use a lawnmower? Why use a lawnmower when you can use the explosion of a bomb in Libya? This fundamentally changes the basic structures and assumptions of music as we move (painfully slowly) from a form of impression to a form of documentary.
BY: Matthew Herbert