Michelle Shocked Releases Silent Album of Songs Named After Digital Music Execs
Taking a page from the Vulfpeck playbook, folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has released an album consisting of silent songs that are named mostly after executives in the digital music world.
The 11-track album, titled Inaudible Women, is available for purchase on cdbaby.com, with silent tunes — most clocking in at less than a minute — named after such high-ranking digital music execs as SiriusXM executive VP/general counsel Patrick Donnelly and Clear Channel executive VP/general counsel Robert Walls.
“Inaudible Women” also features a song named after journalist Chris Willman, a contributor to Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter who wrote about Shocked’s anti-gay comments at a San Francisco concert in 2013. Willman proudly announced the inclusion through a Facebook post on July 25.
“Michelle Shocked has released a new ‘song’ named after me,” Willman wrote. “No, I'm not making this up. For better or worse, the track ‘Chris Willman’ consists entirely of silence, just like the other 10 tracks on the album, the rest of which are named after people in the music community (mostly folks on the forefront of digital music and streaming) whom she considers the enemy. Even knowing it was silent, I just spent 99 cents on CDBaby to buy ‘Chris Willman.’ (It's good, but it's no ‘Mean.’)”
In a bizarre video posted on Vimeo, Shocked explains that the high-pitched frequencies on Inaudible Women can be heard by dogs, and that money raised from the album will help fund an upcoming tour.
“I decided that I was going to make a high album — in fact, the highest album ever made, just so that my friends Spot and Rex can hear it, not audible to human ears,” she says while sitting next to two dogs. “And to raise money for my fall tour.”