Note: this isn't listening music, it's an art piece.
such, it utilizes the same themes chillwave relies on (nostalgia, a DIY
approach, de- and re-contextualization of old, even dated material) to
mock that genre and all its associations. The message of the album is
quite complex: Ferraro is asserting that originality of material is
unnecessary in art (which has been a topic in the art world at least
since Duchamp), but he also seems to think that our current culture is
devoid of originality. Whereas the tape culture Ferraro came from
prefers to make its references unrecognizable by way of distortion,
elongation, etc. (and this can certainly be applied to any and all music
influenced by the proto-sampling of early Tape Music, up to and
including Hip Hop, Techno, Pop, etc.); on this album the focus is on
using these processes without masking the source material. In effect,
the result is a demasking of the past, say, decade of electronica, but
more importantly of American culture at large, which certainly seems (to
me, at least) to often be a collection of rehashed tropes.
why it's fairly useless to comment on particular sounds; the fact that
the Skype sound is more recognizable than another corporate sample is
only coincidence, and Ferraro intends all of them to be on an equal
footing with the shitty preset synth sounds throughout the album.
Indeed, even to speak about individual tracks seems futile, because the
approach is what's revolutionary here, not the auditory result. By
creating such a raw—and at times, ugly—work by essentially inverting
modern music, Ferraro shows that American culture often presents nothing
other than decoration. This in itself is worth noting (it's also a
major theme in Klimt's work), but I would assert that Ferraro goes one
step further to show that this culture is not simply ornamentation, but a
Despite the tongue-in-cheek irreverence, this is a truly
honest album, and, like Swift's "A Modest Proposal," it is a premonition
of our society's future based on current trends. Ferraro's past career
was very much hit-or-miss, but he cements his status as both an artist
and a social commentator with this forward-thinking album.
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