We’ve reached the point where even the less than perfect ideas of years past are being mined for nostalgia. I’m talking about “dead” music mediums like the MiniDisc and 8-track. Next month, British musician and producer Trevor Jackson’s experimenting with Format, an album spanning 12 different formats, each with one song per physical object. Meaning, the release is going to be spread across three sizes of vinyl (12, 10 and 7-inch), CD and mini CD, reel-to-reel, USB, cassette, VHS, MiniDisc, DAT and 8-track. It isn’t exactly practical, but it represents another way that artists are expanding beyond a box-standard MP3 download to get their music out to fans. I think Format is pretty dang cool when you stop to think about it. How’s that? Well, it chronicles the varying forms of physical media that music’s graced over the years.
The album releases by way of The Vinyl Factory — the label perhaps best known for housing Massive Attack and one of my favourite band: Pet Shop Boys, among others — and is comprised of re-mastered and re-edited tracks from Jackson’s deep archives. If you do not own all the necessary equipment to listen to it, don’t worry: the album will also be releases digitally and on vinyl in March 2015