Porter Robinson’s new album, Nurture, is scheduled release on April 23rd. Announced on January 27th, –the same day his latest song “Look at the Sky” dropped– Twitter was aflutter with love and album excitement. Now available for pre-order, this new album is something to look forward to in spring 2021.
But what about right now?!
The powerhouse DJ and producer also dropped a music video for “Look at the Sky,” including both a web and virtual reality experience. If you have a VR system, 1. Let me know so I can borrow it and watch this bonkers virtual reality music video gloriousness (please and thank you), and 2. Using the browser on your headset, click the link in the tweet below to enjoy Porter Robinson’s tech-savvy creativity. What a cool and innovative way to consume new music, especially in the gloomiest part of the year– even worse, this year– a pandemic spent indoors and in our heads. It’s uplifting to see artists taking such care to reach their fans in unique, interactive ways.
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Following the video’s release, Porter Robinson took to Twitter to share some heartfelt words about creativity and collaboration in the world of music and art:
“sometimes when making music or art, we can think of ourselves as working alone. But that isn’t ever really the case — if I think about it, if I was raised in total isolation without exposure to culture, I would never have come up with any of the concepts of harmony, rhythm – none of us alone could have come up with the idea of twelve notes in a scale, the idea of chords, the idea of melody, the concept of a ‘chorus’ or ‘verse’ or ‘drum’ — much less would I be able to conceptualize and build an instrument or computer and all of its components — everything we create is a collaboration with millions of strangers. and by creating and sharing our ideas, we’re afforded the gift of being able to contribute to this legacy. I think of the story of human creativity as this beautiful tapestry that each of us is given the very very brief opportunity to sew our own patch onto.
the ‘Look at the Sky’ video is about the beauty I find in this cycle. whereas the meaning of the song is more directly about the value of hope and resilience in the face of despair — but with the video, i wanted to extend the idea of ‘being alive next year’ from being literal into being a metaphor about the things we can contribute to this world that will outlast us.”
These sentiments strike a vibrant chord, sending hopeful shockwaves through all of our computers, continuing to bring us together in a year spent apart. This is the perfect time to be reminded of the intricate teamwork that is today’s art, technology, and culture. We are all swimming in outside influences, drinking up the impact and legacy of those departed pieces of, as Robinson puts it, “this beautiful human tapestry.” In all your creative endeavors, remember that our individualism is embalmed in the collaborations of “millions of strangers”– collaboration made much more difficult in isolation.
Thanks to Porter Robinson for, through his music and content, reminding fans of the beauty in something as (seemingly) simple as twelve notes in a scale.