I sometimes wonder what happened to the recording medium that researchers and experts told us would grace the world right after the CD. I think someone was way off when thinking it would be a physical thing we would buy in a store. The mp3 format, even though it’s really not the original mp3 format, has taken over the world. We no longer rush to the stores to get the latest album we like. Nope, the mp3 based file format that we’re used to buying on iTunes is what will or already has taken over the music industry and changed the way we shop for music. I don’t think we’ll see another “better” format in a physical form, ever. I think that the gadget we buy will be the one thing we invest in instead to get the most out of our artists.
So what are we doing with all the CDs that we suddenly find ourselves furiously hanging onto? Well, what I did when I moved from Los Angeles to Stockholm a few years ago is I went through them, and I probably threw about 50% of them in a box and gave them to the guys that came from the moving company. They were all over it, and they grabbed about 75% of them for themselves. Then again, that was a few years ago, and we’ve come a long way since then.
There is a couple of creative people in France that had a brilliant idea. Why not create a badass art installment out of them all? That’s just what artists Elise Morin and architect Clémence Eliard did. If you think they took the CDs from their own collection, you are wrong. Why? Because I seriously doubt that anyone has a collection of 45,000 CDs in their personal library. What they did was to hand-sew them together and then create what can only be described as a sea dune landscape. I would totally want to walk around on that thing and snap a couple of images. They would definitely go up on my Flickr and my Facebook. Yeah, those CDs aren’t as hot as they used to be anymore. You have to admit that it is sad though, right?