Letting The World Make His Music For Him

Alex Pasternack contemplates Beck’s new album:

Instead of recording his new album, Beck Hansen put his new songs on paper only, leaving us to surf YouTube to hear it, giving us free license to play around with his notation too. Strange, in part because as Beck admits, he doesn’t really read music in the first place. Why did the dada of postmodern rock return from a general radio silence with such a precious-looking thing, a record that looks like it came out in 1923?

Pasternack goes on to explore various theories. Above is The Portland Cello Project’s recording of the album.