Singer-songwriter Beatie Wolfe is using technology to try to recapture some of musicsold-school magic and physicality.
For the launch of her new album Raw Space, Wolfe teamed up with Nokia Bell Labs (thats the historic research facility Bell Labs, now owned by Nokia) and Design IO. Starting tomorrow, May 5, Bell Labs will be streaming 360-degree footage from its anechoic chamber a room with no echoes, where a vinyl version of Raw Space will be playing.
The video will also include augmented reality animation created by Design IO, aimed at illustrating the emotions and ideas of the songs. Because some of the animation is generated in real time, it should look different each timethrough.
Id been really thinking about this idea of: What would the anti-stream for todays streaming world look like? Wolfe said. And how could you kind of recreate that tangible component, all of the artwork that were currently missing out of that streaming experience, with this really pure sound and bring that to life for todays generation?
This is happening under the umbrella of Bell Labs Experiments in Arts and Technology, a 50-year-old collaborative programwhose past participants include artists like John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg. Bell Labs president and Nokia CTO Marcus Weldon said the program has attenuated over the decades, but hes hoping to kickstart it by working with Wolfe.
We thought, well, fiftieth anniversary, its time to revisit this, he said.