word on everyone's lips right now is, "Cathy Richardson, why are
you so fricking awesome?" The answer is this, Delusions of Grandeur,
possibly the most important and brilliant recording ever laid to tape.
Even though, there was, technically, no tape ever used. Could Ms. Richardson
be that genius? Yes, my friends, she could be. Using highly scientific
techniques, she and others played instruments and either plugged them
into something or used microphones to capture the sound and bring them
into computers to convert the musical notes into complex digital codes.
She then transfered these digital codes onto round plastic discs which
can be played through a device which when routed through speakers, will
vibrate the exact duplicate image of the sound back into your ears. But
there's more to the story. The sounds which were recorded were actual
songs, composed by the prodigious Catherine Elizabeth, who was named after
two queens. Followers of Ms. Richardson's work know of her love for the
visual arts, as well, especially when it comes to her plastic collections
of songs. She has once again teamed up with her GRAMMY
Nominated collaborator, Master
Painter, William J. Dolan. The artwork, disguised as packaging, is part
of the experience for the incredibly lucky procurer of a copy of Cathy
Richardson's Delusions of Grandeur. Inside the packaging, along with the
plastic disc of songs, is a small book. To reveal the contents of the
book would be to spoil the delicious surprise which awaits the sexy genius
who acquires it. No, you must savor and languish in every moment of discovery.
It's like getting your virginity back and losing it all over again. A
little awkward, kind of scary but in a good way, a bit uncomfortable at
times, then you think you hear you parents coming home and you freak out
but then you realize you're just freaking out and then it's over and you're
really just relieved. Or something. Whatever, it's different for everyone...
but here's the thing. If you want to be smart, you hang around with smart
people, you live in a smart house, you listen to smart music, you eat
smart sandwiches. And Cathy Richardson's Delusions
of Grandeur will make you a genius.
DIY Album of the Year
2007 DIY Producers
of the Year:
Cathy Richardson and John Ovnik