One of the features (some say “nuisances”) of city living is the roving surprise attack of trunk-rattling car stereo systems. Most of the time when you happen upon one of these tricked-out rides, the latest pop or hip-hop hit rings out at tremendous volumes and varying clarity to everyone on the street’s delight or dismay.
Two NYC artists, Ben Vida and Jeff DeGolier, are taking the idea a bit further with their Metal Fatigue Music (1992 Toyota Previa) project. DeGolier, a visual artist, and Vida, an electronic musician, have taken a mini-van and are in the process of customizing it to create a submersive sound environment its creators liken to “Stockhausen meets dB (decibel) drag racing.” The project—which references Lou Reed's landmark 1975 album and noise masterpiece, Metal Machine Music, with its title— is slated to make its debut on September 29th at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens.
To complete the project, DeGolier and Vida have taken to Kickstarter. The artists are seeking more cash to pump up the volume, not to compete with the Cadillac bumping Ke$ha down the street, but to shake the shit out of everything in the 20-year-old van. And that includes masochists who choose to climb into the former soccer-mom chariot.
Check out the artists’ video plea for funds, which also previews what this thing is going to sound like, below.