Bronze from Gold
There are many times overzealous pundits label something ‘revolutionary’ when, quite frankly, it’s not. This time, however, it’s pretty fair to say that music aficionado and ex-Golden Silvers frontman Gwilym Gold is leading a music-tech revolution. Bronze, aka the new music format created by Gwil and fellow producer Lexxx (Wild Beasts, Björk, Florence), is an impressive piece of software that transforms and manipulates music so that each play produces something unique, or in their shpiel “non-static”. Songs played through Bronze will never sound the same twice. Rather, the software alters the musical components of a track with each play, rendering each listen one-of-a-kind. For example, the lyrics might be played in a different order, the drums might be enhanced, the song might begin and end at different points, a particular riff might be missing, etc. What’s more, music released through Bronze has to be created with the intention of it existing in non-static form, without ever having an ‘original’, conventionally fixed format, thus freeing musical ideas from the shackles of static recordings, giving as much scope for variation and interpretation as live music, where each rendition is unique.
Invented by Gold and Lexxx alongside scientists at London’s Goldsmiths University, Bronze’s first release is Gwil’s debut long player Tender Metal, available from today via the Apple App Store. Artwork props due to our good friend Colin Henderson