Last month, french progressive quartet MANTRA released an album of a new kind: “Medium” is a record composed of two 17 minutes tracks that can be played individually, but also simultaneously.
The band unveils today a special interactive website that allows you to blend both songs in real-time, resulting in an immersive and unprecedented experience.
the band reveals the secret and unveils a dedicated website that allows you to do so, and even more.
EXPERIENCING MEDIUM: http://www.mantrafr.com/medium/experience/
You could try to listen to the two epic tracks “Body” and “Mind” at the same time by synchronizing 2 turntables playing 2 copies of the LP – and that would probably be the most authentic way. But it would probably not recreate the perfect synchronization the band has worked for.
The attention to details Mantra put into this album really deserves a dedicated listening. The band also wanted people to give people the ability to switch between songs as they were listening, or to change the balance between the songs during specific sections.
For this, they developed a specific website which allows you to do this in real time, with beautiful interactive artwork as well.
“It’s a pretty incredible experience, even for us, to be honest”, says Simon, guitar player of Mantra. “We know this superimposition concept is pretty abstract, and often people don’t realize what it means until they experience it with the website. And indeed, it’s really when you begin playing with the controls that you start to understand that you’re looking at some kind of three-sided disc, an object you can never really see in its entirety at once. It’s pretty fascinating.”
To go even further, Mantra made available the separate tracks for each instruments of both songs (drums, bass, guitars, voice…) in a Premium digital edition of the album.