This weekend, the LA Times presented a feature on Boom Bip & Charlie White’s project Music For Sleeping Children, featuring an in depth interview with both artists. Music for Sleeping children is available to download for free at musicforsleepingchildren.com – the limited edition pink vinyl is available to pre-order now at the Lex shop.
Read a snippet of the article below, and the full piece online at the LA Times HERE…
In the best cases, says Hollon, sitting with White in the dining room of Hollon’s South Pasadena home, ideas gelled while the microphones were on. “You could hear them working out how they felt about these subjects for the first time.” The less successful sessions lacked similar honesty or overlapped thematically with more effective ones. When they were finished, each girl had unloaded a few hours’ worth of information, a tiny portion of which became the lyrics and voices of the songs.
White later explained in an email the reasons for calling the project “Music for Sleeping Children.” The title, he wrote, “came from my thinking about the contemporary American teenager as a child (secondary consumer) transitioning into adulthood (consumer) within the ‘haze’ or ‘dream’ state that is both biological and social. I see the liminal (from child to adult) state of adolescence in contemporary consumer culture as a sleep state, and like sleep, it is a period of dreams and nightmares.”
White is a professor at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, known in music circles for his remarkable 2004 video for Interpol’s “Evil,” which featured a freaky puppet dealing with the consequences of a car crash. As an artist, White has long examined teen life, most recently as part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibit, “The Sun and Other Stars.” His animated pieces, “A life inBTween” and “OMG BFF LOL,” employ cheap 1970s-style animation suggestive of Saturday morning cartoons and feature teen girls as cartoon characters in service of short pieces that are both tributes to and satires of the desires of mall culture.
“Sleeping Children” is the product of what he describes as “a building desire to create a teen pop album. That was an abstract concept to start with, because there was no notion of what that would sound like, or what that would be.”
Rather than write songs and search for a particular voice, he contacted Hollon, who, under the moniker Boom Bip, is a well regarded musician and producer. As half of the group Neon Neon (with Welsh songwriter Gruff Rhys), Hollon was nominated in 2008 for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize, which honors the best album of the year. Hollon and White first worked together in 2009 for a remix related to “OMG BFF LOL.”