Summing up the year with a video and single! A song about the year 2022, obviously not a good year for everyone! Maybe we are all hoping for a better 2023? The track sums up the year knowing it is an impossible task: the post pandemic reality, the attempts at a Metaverse, the ominous feeling that time flies by. The track also hints to the sound of modern (hyper) pop and (mumble) rap with a bass-heavy beat and shimmering synths. It’s an outlier in the catalouge of the artist, yet it might prove as a good intro for the modern pop listener. If anyone wants to sing or rap on this go download the instrumental! And please release it or send us the result!
Center of the Universe – COU (Metronomicon Audio/Diger) DL/Stream 7th october
Center of the Universe presents eight songs named from abbreviations, ranging from the modern NFT to the more old school ones like DVD. The sound is electronic and inspired by funk, boogie and even hiphop on the tracks featuring canadian rapper Motëm og norways own WHALESHARKATTACKS. What would easily turn into a concept album (the track MP3 contains a sample of the worlds first MP3) at some point turns into something more beautiful; The melancholy of obsolete technology, and also some nostalgy of a bygone age where these digital techologies had promises of a brighter future.
Everyone my age got some relation to the MP3, from the 90s where the players where sold but you could not buy the files to modern DJ’s filling their USB sticks with hits. Center of the Universe samples what we believe is the worlds first MP3 (with permission). FUNKY.MP3 was composed by J. Herre from Fraunhofer, the team that made the MP3 format, and in 1994 the track was distributed with the program Winplay 3 as a musical example. Center of the Universe transformes this into a humoristic banger and video with great help of his friends WHALESHARKATTACKS & Equalizing Wizard!
Center of the Universe – NFT Metronomicon Audio/Diger Digital releasedate 31. jan 2022
How did it turn into the art craze of last year – when it was made in 2014? NFT is the newest word that very few people understand what means. It’s something you can own, but does it really exist? Does it use a lot of energy? Is it really art or just a mere representation?
Of course Center of the Universe got a track about this, and the philosophical problems that arises here, and about the money beeing made out of refurbishing old memes and .gifs.
The video for the track is also available as an NFT, on one of the low-energy platforms off course. This is not because the artist want to be a star of the crypto-art scene, but because it’s conceptually funny that a track that criticizes the phenomenon is also a part of it; it’s a funky synthesizer filled little contradiction, right there in the middle of popular culture.