These days, it takes a special CD case to merit much more than a glance from me. Truth is, I usually rip the disc, glance at the packaging and then throw it in a closet, never to be seen again (okay, never to be seen until my fiancee makes me clean it out every few weeks). But occasionally, I come across a cool package that's worth holding onto -- some of the old Radiohead deluxe book packages, those sweet little tins that Fabric mix CDs come in -- and it adds a little extra incentive to purchase the disc whenever I do. And here, we have pretty much the ultimate "something extra" in CD packaging: a working theremin built into a CD case. Plug in headphones, wave your hand around and voila: magic theremin action!
The artists here is San Francisco-based Moldover, who appears to be an experimental electronic artist. While I hadn't heard the name before, you can rest assured it's firmly anchored in my consciousness now. The disc runs $50, but hey: working theremin included! Hit the jump for a statement from the artist and some footage of the CD case in action.
Moldover's new CD, over 3 years in the making, not only delivers gorgeously diverse music with meaning and musical mastery, it completely redefines what it means to "play an album"... Moldover's CD packaging itself IS a new musical instrument! The CD is mounted on a custom designed circuit board, intricately patterned and powering a "light-Theremin". Yes! You play the artwork and it makes sound! Only the musical supervillain genius of Moldover could develop something so stunningly innovative.
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