Erykah Badu is awash in creative energy. She conjures the stuff from thin air, whipping up hooks and melodies with little more than a basic backing track. Think soulful freestyle riffs and lyrics punctuated by the boom and clack of a jazzy drum kit. Yet even a steady stream of creativity like Badu’s can be diverted—for days, weeks, months, or years. In fact, five years passed without a new Badu album. Some said she had writer’s block. Some said she had lost her groove. Turns out the vibe was alive the whole time—it simply needed a new channel to flow into.
Greg Laswell’s soulful acoustic sound is laced with bright guitar riffs and stirring, natural vocals. It’s easy to picture Laswell perched on a worn chair with an old Martin guitar, scrawling verses, chord progressions, and solos onto a yellow legal pad. But you’re more likely to find Laswell hunched over his MacBook, strumming and singing into GarageBand, which the musician uses to scribble aural ideas, flesh out full songs, and even record demos for record label execs.
Brian Eno paints with light. And his paintings, like the medium, shift and dance like free-flowing jazz solos or elaborate ragas. In fact, they have more in common with live music than they do with traditional artwork. “When I started working on visual work again, I actually wanted to make paintings that were more like music,” he says. “That meant making visual work that nonetheless changed very slowly.” Eno has been sculpting and bending light into living paintings for about 25 years, rigging galleries across the globe with modified televisions, programmed projectors, and three-dimensional light sculptures.
To BT, it’s all ones and zeros. “Music is just applied mathematics,” he says. “And so is visual art — it’s all related. You’re just dealing with color instead of the audible spectrum.” For this musician-composer-sound artist, the universe is, simply put, binary. And his latest project is a pure expression of that philosophy, an artistic fusion of digital music and motion, wrought in surround sound and digital video. “This Binary Universe” isn’t exactly an album and it isn’t exactly a motion picture. It’s a new form of digital art.
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