“Music, for me, represents one of the simplest, most direct means of expression that human created to protest, say, celebrate, seduce, speak, express himself. It is the most rudimentary mean of expression and at the same time the most primary for humanity to express itself”
Sebastien Vidal - TSFJAZZ program director
Dial A Song takes the shape of an old radiogram composed of a rotary dial phone and a record player. The caller has to choose a song, place the vinyl on the record player and dial the number of the person they want to send the song to.
The song starts to play automatically when the callee answers the phone, and all can be hear is the music, not the caller. The caller on the other hand can only listen to the reactions of the callee but can’t talk to him.
Dial A Song intended to offer an alternative form of communication by using music. Sometimes two people have a lot to say to each other but words might not be enough to express them. Music adds another dimension that is hard to explain but very easy to relate to on an emotional level,
It also highlights the importance of physicality and analogical technologies compared to the virtual world. By making things easier and quicker, Internet has enabled us to do a lot more but also decreased their importance.
By using a record player, people have to find the right song they want to send. Digging vinyls is far more difficult then just downloading a song. The caller also has to dial a number, remember the digits and dial them unlike with a mobile phone. These efforts are part of the message and give it a strength that words on their own would not have.
The sounds and their imperfections also create a very unique and personal result. Unlike a digital song, a vinyl has scratches, and the song is your song, not anybody else’s.