It’s all about music, isn’t it? How will the music of Motorpsycho be reflected in the upcoming exhibition? If you were to compile a playlist that represents Motorpsycho, which tracks would you include? Why would you choose those specific tracks? So – can personal playlists become an important part of the exhibition Supersonic Scientists?
Motorpsychos music is for many tightly connected to physical formats and to visual expressions, aspects we will return to in later blog posts. Despite this, we cannot deny that we are living in the age of the Internet, of playlists and streaming and in a time where the physical album and format no longer dominates the way we listen to music. Developments in technology and listening habits are reflected in the sales figures of the recording industry, but also in the way artists and bands are creatively approaching music. The prophesy of “the death of the album” is constantly recurring.
The album represented in many ways an entity conceived as a whole piece rather than merely a collection of parts, where for instance the cover design was a natural part of this. The shift from the album to an enormous and always available selection of songs changes the way we relate to music. We could once again be ambiguous and talk about the shift from whole to parts, and from parts to another unity, for instance in the form of personally composed playlists consisting of single tracks.
Of course, playlists aren’t a new phenomenon that suddenly occurred with the advent of Internet, iTunes and Spotify. Even though singles sales were virtually non-existent by 2000, the compilation album filled with hits still thrived. However, todays playlists could also be seen as merely a new form of yesterdays mix tapes or personally recorded cassettes. The difference being that the cassettes duration, form and contents were limited by the format and technology.
Mixtapes were often about sharing music and music preferences with others. They could contain the auteurs favourite songs, or be laborious and consciously selected thematic collections pertaining to themes such as infatuations, seasons or a personal state of mind. The making of a mixtape have by some even been called an art form of its own. Usually, the tapes consisted of different artists, but also compilations of songs from a specific band, where the new composition and track order created a new unity. In an interview done for the Supersonic scientists exhibition, guitarist Ryan explains that personally composed mixtapes where a way for the members of Motorpsycho to share new musical impulses and discoveries in their early days.
With all this in mind, I will now get to the point of this post. During the work being done with the exhibition and this blog, we have had a hope and an ambition of involvement, inclusion and interaction with you, the audience. This blog post is therefore in many ways a “call to arms” for you the audience, to contribute to the exhibition.
Make your own Motorpsycho playlist. We also encourage you to write a short explanation behind your choices. Will you make a list that gives a perfect introduction to the band, or maybe a list solely with your own personal favourites? Will your choices pertain to personal stories and memories in relation to the songs, or rigid rules and regulations of symmetry, self-staging or musical theory principles? Or maybe you will base the playlist on something completely different? In any case, send us your Motorpsycho playlist as a text or a link to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Even though I want to, I will not make my own Motorpsycho playlist here. I have instead done something a bit different. In the last blog post I wrote about Motorpsychos early career, and discussed the bands eclectic choice of cover versions. I mentioned songs by Black Flag and Neil Young, but could have listed several more. I have therefore tried to compile a playlist of covers done by Motorpsycho the first three years of their live sets, and it turned out quite rad!
Some tracks are of course missing in my list. “Revolution” by Spacemen 3 was not available for streaming when I compiled the list, neither was “Ut av byen” by Det Glade Vanvidd. But there might be other tracks I have forgotten? Or maybe some tracks I should have left out? Just drop us a line! -> email@example.com