Score sheets: Beck album is made for sharing

16 : 08 : 2012 Tactile : Audio : Beck Hansen

US – Experimental musician Beck Hansen is to release his latest album as sheet music rather than recorded audio tracks.

Song Reader, published by McSweeney’s, will be released in December as 20 individual pieces of sheet music. Each will include illustrations by Marcel Dzama and will be bound in a hard-cover carrying case.

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Song Reader by Beck Song Reader by Beck

The album is a collaborative experiment in which consumers’ experience of the music will depend on the way it is produced and shared by friends and through social media.

LS:N Global has previously reported on the return of physicality to music releases as consumers seek a more tactile and personal experience. For more information, read our Digi-Tactile microtrend.