Music for Sleeping Children, an album, artwork, and archive, can be explored at www.musicforsleepingchildren.com.
Internationally recognized visual artist Charlie White and Mercury-nominated musician and producer Boom Bip collaborate on Music For Sleeping Children.
Magical, uncomfortable, and original, Music for Sleeping Children is a PUBLIC album, artwork, and archive that will be offered for free in its entirety at musicforsleepingchildren.com
Stemming from White's long-term study of the representation of American adolescence, the project was born from the relationship forged during White and Hollon’s 2009 collaboration on "We Like to Shop," a simple clap-along song from White's experimental cartoon OMG BFF LOL that Hollon converted into a throbbing club track for the work's US premier at the Aldrich Museum. From there, White and Hollon set out to realize a far more ambitious project conceived by White as the marriage of in-depth teen interviews with pop, electronica, house, and experimental composition.
Working in tandem, White and Hollon transformed immersive interviews with teen girls into carefully designed narrative dance tracks. Each track of Music for Sleeping Children captures the essence of a different teen girls, from “Baylee,” a gregarious twelve-year-old who is not into boys—YET; to “Mel and Mik,” fifteen- and sixteen-year-old BFF’s who are proud of being weird; to “Georgia,” a super-confident sixteen-year-old who is the most popular girl in school.
White’s Music for Sleeping Children photographs are a selection from his CYRILLA STROTHERS PROJECT, 2004–2006—an intensive two-year study of an American teen girl living in the isolated suburbs of southern California. The project generated over eleven thousand images, which White edited down to an archive of 50 photographs to be published in 2024, twenty years after the project began. However, for MFSC he will present 12 of these works to complement the album’s aesthetic and cultural tone.
Lex Records will release a limited edition version this fall with that will include a print from the CYRILLA STROTHERS PROJECT, and more. Stay tuned for upcoming videos and launch events.
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