“An Evening With An Album” returns on Thursday, Nov. 14 in Zabriskie Hall, on the campus of The Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. Created by a group of local audiophiles, the event explores than entirety of an album (this time it’s “OK Computer” by Radiohead) and proceeds benefit the Bob Moog Foundation. 6 p.m. Sound and vinyl provided by Stewart Sound. Beer, wine and light fare served. Suggested donation is $10 per person.
From a press release:
Whether intended or not, Radiohead connected people through the album’s dystopian message and sound. OK Computer became a catalyst for forming community around an ethos that resonated with many listeners. “Many people can tell you where they were when they first heard the bassline of the opening track or what they felt the first time they heard the album’s closing phrase, ‘Idiot, slow down,’ and that final ring of that small bell,” says George Sieburg of An Evening with an Album. Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke has said that what impressed him about the album’s sharing among listeners “was the fact that people got all the things, all the textures and the sounds and the atmospheres we were trying to create.”
While the album’s instrumentation is largely guitar-centered, the band used electronic effects to create unique layers of sound, and OK Computer can be seen as a bridge between the guitar rock of Radiohead’s early years and the expansive electronic landscapes of their subsequent albums. Because Radiohead embraced electronic sound and processing as a medium for pushing musical and societal boundaries, the organizers of An Evening With an Album felt it was fitting to honor the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog through the event. Moog, a resident of Asheville for 25 years, recognized that his creations made it easier for individuals to create electronic music, but he also championed music as a force that brings people together in community.