July 29, 2014 12:37
Michelle Shocked releases silent album with tracks named after digital music executives
'Inaudible Women' also features a track named after a journalist who wrote about comments she made in an onstage rant about gay marriage
The 11-track album, called 'Inaudible Women', features silent songs that are mostly under one minute in length. As Billboard points out, the tracks are named after high-ranking digital music bosses, including Pandora's Chris Harrison and Google's David Drummond.
In a bizarre video posted on Vimeo, Shocked explains that the high-pitched frequencies on 'Inaudible Women' can be heard by dogs, and that money raised from the album will help fund an upcoming tour.
“I decided that I was going to make a high album – in fact, the highest album ever made, just so that my friends Spot and Rex can hear it, not audible to human ears,” she says. “And to raise money for my fall tour.”
As well as taking a swipe at the music industry, the last track on the album is called 'Chris Willman', named after a journalist who wrote about the singer's comments at a 2013 gig in San Francisco.
Last year, she issued a statement defending what appeared to be a homophobic onstage rant about Proposition 8 – California's legal definition of same-sex marriage, which enraged fans and led to venues pulling nearly all the dates on her forthcoming US tour.
"I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else). I said that some of His followers believe that," she said.
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