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Fiery Furnaces to Release ‘Silent’ Record

The Fiery Furnaces are proving themselves experts in marketing their forthcoming album by taking part in a series of fan friendly stunts, such as asking fans to write reviews before they’ve heard the album, and putting out cover versions of the same album (you could also argue, less cynically, that they’re just being avant-garde creative types). Their new project is to release a ‘silent record’, which is basically the sheet music and instructions on how to perform it, and then invite fans to gigs where they will be asked to put the show on. Although it takes them rather longer to explain this in a marvellously prolix press release. Highlights include:

"Because file-sharing, or downloading, or whatever, has notoriously, or supposedly, made the production of the conventional 'with-audio' record obsolete, the Fiery Furnaces will release a Silent Record… The Fiery Furnaces' next album will consist of instruction, conventional music notation, graphic music notation, reports and illustrations of previous hypothetical performances… In other words, a Silent Record. You will note that there have been countless Anticipatory Plagiarisms of this endeavor. For instance, more than a millennium of sheet music. We hope to have learned from their numerous mistakes…pon release of the record, the band will organize a series of Fan-Band concerts, in which groups of perfectly ordinary Fiery Furnaces' fans will perform, interpret, contradict, ignore, and so on, the compositions that make up Silent Record.”

Then they want you to email them to nominate yourself for a gig. Crucially, they also add “No experience necessary,” so you stand a chance if all you can do it bang a tin can (which, if we’re being honest, is the skill level of the average music journalist. Hello.)

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