Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, OK Go dude to collaborate on 8 songs in 8 hours
Author Neil Gaiman is finding himself in very musical company these days.
Thanks no doubt in part to his relationship (are they married yet?) with Amanda Palmer, the renowned fantasy author (Coraline, American Gods, Sandman) is now scheduled to participate in a collaborative music project with Palmer, Ben Folds, and OK Go’s Damian Kulash.
The four will write and record eight songs in eight hours (4 p.m.-midnight) Monday, April 25, at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and release them 10 hours later on Bandcamp. Proceeds from the first week of downloads will benefit Berklee City Music, which provides free music education to underserved teens.
If you’re wondering why, the press release states: “Like Radiohead did recently, this group will show how record companies are becoming superfluous to building buzz and distributing music.”
The historic collaboration will be broadcast live from the recording studio at rethink-music.com.
On Tuesday, April 26, Folds, Kulash, Palmer, and Gaiman will give a presentation on the recording project at 10:40 a.m. at Rethink Music, and perform a private concert for conference registrants at 8:00 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC). The concert also features Canadian singer/songwriter Basia Bulat, as well as Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.
Monday, April 25, Metric will perform a private acoustic show at the Memorial Church at Harvard; and Wayne Shorter will perform with Berklee students and faculty at the BPC. All events are free for conference registrants. Rethink Music: Creativity, Commerce and Policy in the 21st Century is presented by Berklee and MIDEM, in association with Harvard University’s Berkman Center and Business School, in Boston, April 25-27, 2011. The complete Rethink Music program is here www.rethink-music.com.
Press release quotes:
Damian Kulash”Can the album cycle actually be reduced to a single day? If the recording industry is supposed to be a means of connecting musicians to music listeners, well, then, here it is – spontaneous and circular. They send us ideas and a day later we have an album, a show, and some semblance of a documentary. And then the next day (we hope), a big public flameout and a battle over rights and the release of competing slanderous autobiographies.”
Amanda Palmer: “The four of us are creative Internet addicts with our own huge Twitter circles. This project is exciting as it will give us the opportunity to collide our circles. I think the Rethink Music conference is going to be a groundbreaking event, and I’m hoping to engage in a dialogue about things that are very close to my heart, namely the importance of audiences and artists creating a new society of patronage and virtual busking.”
Neil Gaiman: “I’m excited and nervous both because there is so much room for things to go wrong, and because it shows people how art is actually made. Or would actually be made if you locked three songwriter performers and an author in a box for a day and forced them to collaborate with Twitter to craft and record songs. When I write it down and look at it, it looks even more unlikely than it did in my head.”
Ben Folds: “Digital technology allows singers who can’t sing and musicians who look better than they play to sing and play in tune and in time. At the same time, it empowers the musician to distribute music without a middle man and directly to an audience within moments of its creation. It even allows two-way communication during the process so that the audience might collaborate to some extent or be present in some way – like live music.”
Amanda Palmer concert photos (Vancouver 2010):