Kate Bush’s new album cover reportedly contains a hidden message that fans are desperate to decode. Bush’s first album in more than a decade entitled ‘Aerial' has a soundwave image on the artwork that contains the cryptic message, apparently it is a “visual representation of spoken, or sung words over music.”It'd be funny if the message was revealed to be "Paul is dead".
No one would get it though.
Kate Bush has always been part-singer/part-performance artist so this is typical of her. her music has never been just about the tunes, btu everything else it is also wrapped up in. Her stuff goes better live I think, where you can see her interpretations. I always have to consider that aspect of her Pink Floyd-ish music when I listen to her less accessible work.
Marrionette covers some of the intended (and unintended) depth of Kate's work on her blog recently with her usual insight.
About the audio-track art:
Back in the pre-digital days audio was recorded on the film and read by the projector directly from the film. Soon the audio track will dissapear as more theaters convert to digital sound and film bu tit is still used on the prints today as back up against digital equipment failure and for theaters that don't have not yet upgraded their projection systems.
One of the best uses of the audio imagery made 'real' was in Disney's head-trip The Three Caballeros. In the animated/live action film guitar strings vibrate and strum in bizarre hallucenagenic scenes. I recommend this film from the era of the insane, drug-addicted Disney animators, but you do need the patience of a saint for some parts.
I don't get as excited about music as I used to, and I guess that is because of age (I refuse to admit to maturity). I really used to care who did what and when it would come out and with who. So since I'm looking forward to something new from Kate it must be nostalgia.