Remember the good old days when we used to pore over the liner notes of a new CD, hoping to get a peek inside the mind of the artist? (No doubt some of you Gen Y-ers are probably thinking, “Huh? Liner notes?”)
Well, Sting hopes to bring back some of the connection between musician and listener that may have been lost in the digital music age with a new product - an “appumentary.”
A free iPad app was released Tuesday that takes users on a comprehensive tour of Sting’s career. Called STING 25, it’s like “taking a deep dive into the archeology of Sting,” says Evan Schechtman from @radical.media, which produced the app.
There’s commentary from Sting himself, intimate photos and footage, and yes, lots of Sting’s music.
All told, the app features four-and-a-half hours of material (full disclosure: Sting’s recent interview with CNN is included).
“This is the first of its kind which is why it’s free,” Sting said of the app at a launch event at the Apple store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Monday night. “We have no idea what it’s worth.”
Sting treated the crowd to an acoustic performance of “Message in a Bottle” and “Fragile,” which he dedicated to the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
“He was a visionary,” Sting said. “In some way he’s created our future.”
Yea albums were cool,I wasn't a big fan of funk (Zeppelin) forever,but when I was at the record store I would always check out The Ohio Players album covers one word 'beautiful'.
Remember the good old days of reading the liner notes of CD's? Are you kidding me?
The real thrill was opening up a new vinyl album. Admiring the cover art – checking out the back, taking in the smell when you pulled the inner sleeve out, reading REAL liner notes, flipping the record upside down and back – you could tell home many songs were on each side and even approximately how long the cuts were.
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