The Unofficial Encyclopedia of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Nick Talevski
One of my favorite places I have ever been. Such a cool museum that always has a great exhibit. Everyone should get a chance to go see it. Or at least read the book.
It's hilarious that I was cleaning my room and picking up a whole bunch of old movie ticket stubs (I like to keep them) and thinking I've got to figure out a better way to store them. Viola! Perfect timing.
Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that when I get very excited about something, it's audible. Sometimes I get off easily and catch myself after the first odd yip and before the yap. Other times.... well it's akin to watc... Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that when I get very excited about something, it's audible. Sometimes I get off easily and catch myself after the first odd yip and before the yap. Other times.... well it's akin to watching a documentary about those red-assed baboons who live in the jungle. The part where they discover something particularly delectable in the fur of their bulbous-arsed cohort and break into a simian revival of "We Go Together" from Grease? Yep. That would be me. I make a lotta noise. So you can imagine what just happened when I discovered that one of my favorite museums of all time has just launched one of the most provocative audio experiments I have ever heard of..... I'm going apeshit. The Tate in London has launched Tate Tracks, a foray into using art to inspire music. Basically, they asked twelve musicians and groups- Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx and New Young Pony Club, to name a few- to walk through the galleries and find a piece of art that moved them and then go off and rub out a track. Like art porn as foreplay. I think you see the dark alley my mind has taken this to. The yips have just turned into low moans. I looooove this concept. On a related note, here's an interesting post from sinSign.com about it: _______________________________________________________ London is well known for its tradition as a breeding ground for marketing innovation (the Center for Integrated Marketing comes to mind), so it is not a surprise that the Tate Modern is offering us an interesting lesson through their new Tate Tracks. As described in Tate Modern’s website, Tate Tracks is the result of an invitation to an eclectic group of musicians to walk around the gallery and “find a piece of art that inspires them to write a track.” Collaborators include The Chemical Brothers, Graham Coxon, and Klaxons among others. The tracks reside exclusively at the Tate Modern [next to the art that provided inspiration] during their first month of life, after that they are released to the world via the internet. Without pretending to strip this initiative from its artistic value, we might want to look at it through the eyes of the marketer, in which case we will be able to see why this is such an important marketing piece as well. Today’s marketing and communications industry is facing many issues mainly related to a simple fact: in a world without media options, ruthless irrelevant interruption could thrive; in the present multi-media society, every piece of communication must add some value in order to be considered. This is probably the most visible consequence of an applied attention economy. Tate Tracks, as a communications program, is a clever initiative that accomplishes various objectives through one cohesive effort: It can potentially boost visits to the Tate Modern since it offers a fresh, new reason to experience art; it also becomes an excellent tool to drive traffic to their website after the one-month exclusivity of the track in the museum expires; and it gives people around the globe a reason to refer friends to the site or write about it, associating the Tate Modern with innovation in the cluttered world of modern art. The most important characteristic of Tate Tracks, and probably one that is essential to the new school of 21st century marketing is that the program is real. The tracks are inspired by art, leading artists to create a piece that wouldn’t exist without the Tate Modern, and therefore adding significant value to anyone that appreciates the work of the artist, musician, or both. According to the official press release, “The Tate Tracks initiative devised by Tate Modern, in partnership with advertising agency Fallon, will be supported by a range of promotional activity designed to reach fans of each act and each music genre. The project was developed to highlight the relationship between music and visual art and the role they play in stimulating and inspiring creativity.” We would certainly welcome an annual compilation, perhaps distributed via old-fashioned compact discs.
I know this is not for tourists, but what the heck - go ahead and enjoy LA like a local. You'll really get to experience the real charm.