In the face of inexorably declining album sales and the corresponding fadeout of brick and mortar record shops, Record Store Day has arisen as an eminent annual celebration of the glories of the physical music experience.
And so in honor of this year’s Record Store Day (Saturday, April 16), as well as the debut of the retro-futuristic Moog Mother 32 Analog Synthesizer, Moog Music introduces Music For Intention & Growth, a Purpose-Driven Sound Series, in collaboration with cassette-only label Twin Spring Tapes and Ace Hotels.
For the project, avant-garde composers Inner Travels, Kyle Landstra and TALsounds have created an exclusive auditory journey that explores the musical scope of Moog’s newest and genuinely fascinating machine. You can stream the music here (TALsounds, Kyle Landstra, Inner Travels), but even better, pop into one of the partner Ace Hotels—New York, LA, Palm Springs, Seattle, Portland, Pittsburgh, New Orleans and London—to pick up free, limited-edition cassettes of each, where they’ll be hosting special listening sessions.
Ace Hotel NOLA
Ace Hotels Partner Kelly Sawdon enthuses, “There are so many things that make this cassette release truly special: everything from the musicians and minds that came together to produce it, to the analog sound, to the intersectional collaboration between these unique spaces. We’re humbled to take part in this collective, shared experience.”
The cassettes, surely destined to become collectors’ items, will also be available at several North Carolina record stores (Carolina Soul, All Day Records, Schoolkids Records, Bull City, Harvest Records, Static Age Records and, of course, Moog Music). Ten out of the full run of cassettes will contain a message gifting the holder with a pair of tickets to May’s Moogfest in Durham, featuring Grimes, GZA, Gary Numan, Blood Orange, Miike Snow, Explosions in the Sky and dozens more.
Oh, and of course, do support Record Store Day in every way possible.