Who needs 15 minutes of fame when you can get six seconds?
Abolish Music Now! is a massive collaborative album in a tiny package, featuring 60 different acts with a total run time of just five minutes, 57 seconds.
You read that correctly.
Printed on flexi-disc vinyl, the square record already sets itself apart from other multi-band collections.
It’s part of a long-standing underground tradition – particularly in the noise community – to put out a record of this sort, says David Cereghini, the album’s creator.
“It’s a continuation of that tradition, bringing together the community,” he says. “It was a challenge. I wanted to see if I could do it.”
There are artists from seven countries represented on Abolish Music Now! – Canada, United States, Japan, Germany, Slovokia, Scotland and Malaysia.
While the album plays as one continuous song, it is actually composed of 60 different tracks. As strange as it may sound, not every act on the album submitted the entire six seconds, allowing others – such as London’s iconic Nihilist Spasm Band – a few more.
Arranging the tracks was Cereghini’s main challenge. He says he set out to make sure it was a good mix so it wasn’t all similar sounds lumped together. Noise and non-noise acts are blended throughout to change up the dynamic.
“It’s not just noise bands. It gets intense and then something else pops up randomly,” he said. “You never know what the next song will be.”
Only 550 copies of the album were printed. There is no digital version, though most of the tracks were sent to Cereghini digitally with one notable example from Ohio, where he says he received physical masters in the mail.
As can be expected with that many separate tracks coming in, sound consistency was a big issue. Taking out his phone, Cereghini shows the initial wave-form of the album. It looks more like teeth than it does sound.
To that end, he gives much credit to Will Killingsworth of Dead Air Studios for taking and making sense of an eclectic mix of sounds and technologies.
The album was officially released Aug. 30, and copies are available directly from Cereghini at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is, fittingly, $6.
The full list of artists is right here:
Post Natal Drip
Existence in Decline
Mother, I am Born
The Nihilist Spasm Band
Hades Mining Co.
Mr. California And The State Police
Nigel ft. Feroz
Dogs In The Moonlight
Man With Job
Sedem Minút Strachu
Beggin For Oxys
Truth Of All Death
Napalm Death Is Dead
Josh St. Daniels