Stadiums & Shrines is a self-described “intersection of sound and vision—curated, created, and in many instances, imagined. It stems from a love for music, language, imagery, and collaboration; and while it’s the work of a core unit, it’s also an invitation to, and expression of, a community of artists.” Earlier this morning the S&S team, including Dave Sutton, Victoria Masters and Nathaniel Whitcomb, relaunched a stunning new makeover of their site StadiumsAndShrines.com, and it’s something to behold to say the very least.
The Welcome page reads the following: “Welcome to Stadiums & Shrines, as it is now, in the present. Ever since its early days as a simple outlet to share whatever played in my headspace, the site has been searching for something else, something that both celebrates music and tries to understand it better—its relationship to visual art, language, photography, and how that all interacts with our imagination. Finding the balance between this curiosity and participating in the discovery of new music has no doubt always been a work in progress.” As part of the kick-off, S&S unveiled the central project entitled Dreams. “Here we will explore places, or rather, ideas of places from a bygone era by collaborating with musicians on pieces inspired by Nathaniel’s handmade collages, the very collages you drifted through above (with sound design from M. Sage). We call them ‘Dreams’ because they invoke places we’ll never step foot in; regions and countries that are defined in large part by the imagination far outside the confines of cultural history or accuracy, or even more so, reality. And we are encouraging this—artists involved are given a collage with the incentive to engage the surreal and report back with their sounds like two dreams in conversation. What results is as much theirs as it is ours.”
So sit back, press play on S&S’s maiden Dreams below, and get your mind expanded in a big way. To enter the mother ship be sure to visit StadiumsAndShrines.com, and you can also follow S&S on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Soundcloud, and Vimeo.