Beck’s New Album to be Released in Ancient Format: Sheet Music

Before Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, everything was released as sheet music.  After all, that was the only portable storage format–and it had been that way for centuries.

Beck apparently thinks that if this was good enough for Mozart, it’s good enough for him.  His upcoming album, Song Reader, will be released as twenty song booklets, each containing the musical notation for a song.  Add ’em all up and the album will cover 108 pages.  Naturally, everything will be lavishly illustrated and will come in a hardshell carrying case.

What’s the deal?  Beck says “The idea is for fans to play the songs and bring them to life for themselves.”

Genius?  Or laziness? Or something else?

(Via NME)

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6 thoughts on “Beck’s New Album to be Released in Ancient Format: Sheet Music

  • August 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm
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    Environmentally retarded. What a waste of paper.

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  • August 10, 2012 at 1:55 am
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    I'm not even a fan of Beck but I'm really looking forward to this! Discovering the songs through playing them and being involved in them, rather than merely listening to them, sounds like a wonderful experience.

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  • August 10, 2012 at 4:41 am
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    Beck is now with Third Man Records now…..another hit by Jack White!!

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  • August 10, 2012 at 8:57 am
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    What's the deal? Beck says "The idea is for fans to play the songs and bring them to life for themselves."

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  • August 10, 2012 at 9:39 am
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    @Scot… Have you ever owned a book?

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  • August 12, 2012 at 2:09 am
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    What a great idea! So many acts are all about 'me', and that how 'I' do it is the only right way.

    We'll never know how Mozart intended Eine Kline Nachtmusik to sound. We can make our best interpretations based on the music, but there are all the little nuances a composer puts into something that can't be written down.

    I think this is absolutely brilliant!

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