- Beck Releases New Album Only As Sheet Music
- Posted 33 months ago by Jack Lowe · music · 10283 Views
As an "experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012", musician Beck has teamed up with McSweeney's Publishing to release his new album "Song Reader" in the form of twenty individual pieces of sheet music, all of which have never before been released or recorded.
Each piece of music comes complete with a "heyday-of-home-play-inspired" art and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case. "The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear 'Do We? We Do,' or 'Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,' bringing them to life depends on you."
What do you think about Beck's decision - boring and unnecessary, or genius?
- I can read music and I definitely want to record this. From a publishing perspective, there's nothing stopping an artist to record his music. The artist would merely have to pay royalties for licensing the music. I might even give a shot to the first pages I can see on his website. If y'all wanna hear it I'll be posting it here: https://www.facebook.com/0phe1ia
- Debs Posted 33 months ago · 34 Reply
- I think there are a lot of reasons why. The largest is publicity. It will also make seeing him in concert more interesting since it's the only time to hear the songs actually performed by Beck. I'm also curious to watch how the songs spread through social media/youtube and see how people interpret them.
- Atelier Posted 33 months ago · 36 Reply
- Yes, that is exactly the point. Before recording technology was invented this WAS the only way you could hear an artist's songs. Ironically, artists may be forced to go back to this method of performing since everyone seems to think that paying for an artist's recorded music is beneath them anymore.
- Joe Posted 27 months ago · 35 Reply