Guy Secretly Records Album of Strangers at Guitar Center

Guitar Center

Have you ever gone to a Guitar Center just to try out your latest masterpiece on a brand new piece of equipment? Or, even better, let your kids? I didn't think so.

Well, over the course of three days, artist Noah Wall went to the Manhattan Guitar Center and surreptitiously recorded strangers --people like you and me and our children-- banging on drums, singing, hammering on keyboards, and emitting other loud cacophonous noises. He then made the recordings into an album. It's called Live at Guitar Center and it's almost unlistenable (free to download though), unless you really lean in and let it envelope your senses.

Listen...

Or, maybe it's just unlistenable, but simply brilliant otherwise. 

Wall describes his secret project:

March 27, 2015. It’s about 3 on Friday. School’s out and people are headed to Guitar Center Manhattan. I'm going there to do some field recording. A block away, I put on a pair of microphones you might find in a spy catalog. They look like earbud headphones but are actually binaural (stereo) mic’s that go in each ear. No one suspects I’m recording them - more like listening to music or something...

via Dangerous Minds

Is Noah Wall's album "Live at Guitar Center" unlistenable or brilliant?




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Hmmm. I wonder if surreptitiously recording and then publishing the recordings is any different from photographing someone and posting online without permission? Neither one illegal, neither one polite.
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