What calculates an experience is a mix of adventure, determination, and spontaneity. Perhaps one of the fiercest combinations of action and reaction is involved. Seeing Prince and 3rdEyeGirl was ‘The Unexpected‘ because it was an invitation, I received in the stillness of the moment.
They extended their hand and I trusted it would be the journey – what an expedition it was!
Never mind the time of night; the rushing in my veins felt like a pack of endorphins shot up to the sky. I carefully misplaced my expectations because I understood this experience was to be sealed in.
The question of Plectrum Electrum has been an ancient mystery to any Prince fan. If you’ve followed ‘3rdeyegirl’ at all you would know how important ‘Plectrum Electrum’ is. It is more than a sound but an injection – very lethal I might add.
Prince has found comfort in private listening parties of the album/but at the very least it would allow some to confirm; this actually exists!
Doors open and only 15 are allowed to partake in the first session. Heads bang and we all are taken by the sound and the sudden surprise of it all.
This continues to happen over the course of about 13msessions. Filled with surprises and sounds which are in the depth of kaleidoscopic sounds and vibrations. You feel yourself rising into a plane made possible through the conjecture of sound. Some of it surprises you by the boisterous sounds and sequencing but you breathe it in and allow it to make meaning to you.
After the interaction of sound and converse of reaction, everything becomes fruitful as the night rises to a close. At least that’s what it feels like. At this point, I was in the calming vibration of glamour and ability.
I was then ushered into a room, where I had a chance to talk to Prince about the distortion of sound and how it relates to compression, and how one is able to experience music.
What Prince was essentially saying to me, is that the physical (Life) is being replaced by the digital (Artificial). He believes, mp3’s can be convenient for obvious reasons, but they are not for recording HI-FI recording. (Which is what his albums sound like) Mp3’s are not faithful to the original recording, portions of the original are not there, and the compression has ripped apart emotion and life out of the music.
So high-frequency information is being exterminated, and he does not want us to hear his albums in this fashion. He believes people are not starting to care, and he wants to change that. He wants people to connect, especially since when he makes the record, he knows how it sounds. SO he feels like the work he has put through is not being understood. It’s convenience!
Listening to Prince, and talking to him one on one, outside of listening to him on Speakerphone was exciting because you realize how funny he really is. He had a lot of jokes about accents also, the richness and depth of the sound, it flowed from a place of understanding and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.
An experience engulfed with improvisation and musical depth. I’ve learned by the nature of being called within, there is power in sound, allowing the music to sink into the veins.
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