Today I’ve been thinking about how art can influence music. Not just to influence it’s creation, but to influence later down the line, with curation and deeper thought about a concept.
Each morning, I get up, I put on BBC Radio 4, make a cup of tea, and scan the news online. This morning, I came across a report from BBC Scotland about a very interesting art project.
David Quentin, a London-based photographer, has spent the last seven years capturing falling rocks in the foreground of picturesque, empty landscapes around the British Isles on fast film lenses. It’s such a simple exercise, but the results are (personally) incredibly striking, and surreal. It’s almost unearthly, despite rocks being very much an organic earthly substance, formed over millions of years. It’s a clever irony.
I’ve since followed the Twitter page to learn more about his work, but I felt compelled to curate a playlist all about rocks and stones, in tribute to the project, and inspired by the images.
It starts with ‘Stones From The Sky’ by slow-doom-metal titans Neurosis, as a fitting (but annoyingly not-quite exactly the same words) title to begin. It then rounds off with the late king of delta Blues Robert Johnson, and his melancholic ‘Stones In My Passway’.
As Johnson sings “I got stones in my passway, and my road seem dark as night”, I think of David Quentin’s long treks across the British countryside to reach these points of natural beauty. All for a single image of a natural substance suspended in it’s open sky.
I’m not a petrologist, but i’ve pebbled-dashed (pardon the pun) my playlist with types of rock to fill my playlist’s pockets up with stones. This gives my playlist weight, to make the initiative worth it.
Anyway, rock on! Enjoy my playlist below. Perhaps you could pick an art project and curate an inspired playlist about it, too?
Let’s see how creative you can get.