Beck Hansen’s Song Reader

Well, Beck has announced his new album.  Here is what he has to say on his website:

In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.

This is not a new idea but it certainly is one that will generate a whole lot of discussion and that, I guess, is the point.

I admit, my initial reaction was ‘why’ but that viewpoint has changed a lot through discussion and reading more about it.  I see a lot of problems with the release but I also see a lot of potential positives – though not directly related to the illegal downloading of music.

Anyways, it’s an interesting piece of work so if you have any thoughts on it don’t hesitate to share them.



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