Photo by PD Rearick"If punk birthed a thousand garage bands, it certainly birthed as many designers," says Punk Graphics curator By Gunseli Yalcinkaya The curator of a new exhibition on punk graphics at Detroit's Cranbrook Art Museum, has selected five key works that explore the movement in the United States and United Kingdom. The exhibition titled Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics 1976-1986 focuses on the visual development of punk culture between 1976 and 1986. It contains approximately 500 of punk's most memorable graphics – including flyers, posters, albums and zines. "Since its rebellious inception in the 1970s, punk has always exhibited very visual forms of expression," said curator Andrew Blauvelt. "The energy of the movement created a powerful subcultural phenomena that transcended music to affect other fields such as visual art and design," he explained. "Punk provided many new opportunities for designers" The exhibition aims to show punk "as a heterogeneous design ...Read More
This is the best news for fans of immersive sound, the Velvet Underground, and trip metal. Surely, we've all at least heard of Metal Machine Music by now. Once critically reviled, in time it's come to be understood as an important if idiosyncratic link between 1960s minimalism in New York and later developments in industrial and noise musics. As a teenager, I spent the better part of one summer listening to Metal Machine Music, daily (or as close to daily as I could, because family members did not share my enthusiasm for this overlapping collage of manipulated guitar feedback). It began as a challenge, and ended with me finding all kinds of pretty little seagull-sounding flourishes and repeated melodic themes inside of what at first seemed to be an uncompromising and indiscriminate wall of squealing shit.Anyway, what's the actual news? Cranbrook Art Museum will present an audio installation called “Metal ...Read More
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