The first in a series of John Metcalfe‘s ‘Micro Moments’ produced for Bowers & Wilkins comes at one minute fifty-one seconds in Kraftwerk’s ‘It’s More Fun To Compute” and only lasts for about two seconds.
John gives some fascinating insights into why these fleeting moments in music are so special to him. The second on Joy Divisions ‘New Dawn Fades’ has just been posted, and you can listen to a playlist of all the music he choses in s Spotify Playlist I’ve put together (apologies to John in that I have had to include the Kronos Quartet’s version of ‘Different Trains’ rather than his own Duke Quartet’s recording)
Look out for the rest of the series on Bowers & Wilkins YouTube channel.
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Late in 2012 I had the opportunity to spend some time in The Big Room here at Real World Studios with Electronic Dance Music pioneer A Guy Called Gerald. Gerald was here recording ‘Silent Sound Spread Spectrum’ for Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound.
I wanted to capture the energy and detail in the music, which Gerald is essentially playing as a live mix in the studio. Although ‘live’, playing technology can lack the visual energy of interaction with traditional instruments, so the challenge was to try and put some of that back, whilst staying true to the ethos of the session. The answer seemed to lie in manipulating the compositions, often with multiple exposures ‘in camera’, so that the images were also created live as Gerald worked.
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