One of the best shows that I saw during SXSW was Nicholas Jaar at The Fader fort. Most of the experience at The Fort was weak sauce, but when Jaar and his guitarist played even the most bro-est of bros found themselves pulled in to the band.
I found the setup of the two musicians and their interactions the most interesting. Jaar would yell things to his guitarist and they both communicated well with their playing. Now I’ve found another reason to talk about Nicholas Jaar because of his new release that comes with it’s own trippy digital player:
… The Prism, a palm-sized cube preloaded with twelve tracks from Jaar himself and other CSA collaborators.
The thought behind the prism is a combination of medium and message and a prompt to reconsider the relationship between listener and music. The prism has two headphone slots for a shared experience and a beam of light passes through the empty jack when it is unplugged and The official line notes how it “makes you consider how the music is being heard” and its “potential to foster intimacy between listeners” and we think it’s very cute and full of good music too.
The Prism will be released on the 1st May 2012, and will come preloaded with a compilation of tracks from Valentin Stip, Just Friends and Jaar himself, among others. Pre-order it for $40 through csa.fm (via DummyMag)
I hope this sort of stuff becomes a trend. Owning how your audience listens to your could be huge. It’s clear to me that Jaar wants to have babies made to his music so I think this will sell fast. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this.