Monday, March 20, 2017

VARIOUS ARTISTS - SONIC SCENERY - MUSIC FOR COLLECTIONS

About ten years ago, the Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles invited various artists to create and to contribute a musical piece that fits the art collection of the museum.
The Sun Ra Arkestra, led by Marshall Allen, contributed three pieces. One improvised, untitled piece and two performances of Sun Ra compositions, 'Mayan Temples' and 'Space Chord'.
All three recordings were made at the museum, in the hall of Ancient Latin America.

Next to the Arkestra, the album presents pieces by Autolux, Nels Cline, David J, Stephen Hartke, Jon Hassel, Languis, Matmos, Nobody And Mystic Chords Of Memory, and Ozomatli.
Lots of great music to be discovered.
Liner notes (and local audio system) intro by Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director of the LA Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Arkestra performances sound great, with Marshall Alen on his EVI (electronic valve instrument)!

I love the idea of adding music to the visit of a museum. Not that it has to be blasting out of the speakers at the museum, but that you get it as an audio option.
I guess it's a bit like Flat Earth Society adding music to silent movie / documentary at the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp BE. And that was a fabulous sensation.


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