The 77 year old photographer trailers the release of Musik with a dramatic first single
American photographer William Eggleston’s debut album will be released this year by Secretly Canadian. Described by David Lynch as "music of wild joy with freedom and bright, vivid colours”, the collection of 13 improvised symphonic scores were gleaned from an archive of 49 floppy discs containing over 60 hours’ worth of music made on the Korg 01/WFD. Eggleston, who lived for several years at New York City’s notorious Chelsea Hotel, apparently titled his album Musik by way of tribute to his musical hero JS Bach.
Today Eggleston lives in Memphis with a nine foot Bosendorfer grand piano and a selection of audio equipment designed by his son William Eggleston III. The synthesizer originally used on the recordings had broken, but the artist bought another in order to playback the discs to be digitized and mastered alongside a handful of DATs.
The album, produced by Numero Group co-founder Tom Lunt, is released on 20 October, with more music to follow. You can pre-order here. Below you you can listen to “Untitled Improvisation FD 1.10”, the single trailering the album.