You can be sure “Valentine’s” and “single” can be used loosely when describing The Flaming Lips. Today, the band announced a new piece of music called TWO BLOBS F**KING’ that plays over a series of Youtube clips with accompanying videos. We think.
There are currently 12 bits of music being uploaded at http://www.youtube.com/flaminglipsfree but we’ve got to wait til 8pm GMT to find out exactly what is going on for sure. As per the blurb below, it sounds like The Lips’ own version of Brian Eno’s iPhone app Bloom.
Update: Here’s an instructional video. The Lips want you to play the 12 video simultaneously via iPhone, iPad, Android, laptops and other mobile devices.
The intrepid Oklahoma-based artists have created a set of multiple tracks that, when combined with their melodic counterparts, will equate to the first-ever musical experience of its kind and, in this form, has never been done before.
‘TWO BLOBS F**KING’ will stream along with videos as 12 individual tracks that ultimately create one complete song, in much the same manner and concept as other past “audio experiments” conducted by The Lips, including the four-disc Zaireeka album (October 1997), which was intended to be listened to when played on multiple machines simultaneously.
You may also recall that, around the same time, The Flaming Lips conducted a series of auto-audio “Parking Lot Experiments” around the country in which the band invited fans to secret locations utilizing 40 cars equipped with sound systems that were strategically arranged in patterns around a parking lot. Each car was assigned a cassette tape best suited to that car’s position and stereo power. Once frontman Wayne Coyne instructed each car, by cassette number, to press play, the auto symphony began. The next logical step, “The Boombox Experiments,” toured various cities around the world utilizing 101 boomboxes and cassettes, each with different pieces of music or sound effects. Wayne and guitarist Steven Drozd would “conduct” the controlled cacophony while bassist Michael Ivins would manipulate the PA with psychotic volume surges and panning effects.
2011’s modern progression introduces the mobile experiment meant to be experienced and enjoyed in the most socially interactive way possible: “TWO BLOBS F**KING” was created specifically for iPhone-type devices. Imagine the lo-fi symphonic joy that you, along with family, friends, pets, and others, will create at the touch of a button. The more devices, the more harmonic possibilities can be constructed. You and your device, at one with the music, become the orchestra, just as the Gods of Technology naturally intended it to be.