OK Computer Vision

Radiohead’s second-best album turned twenty a few days ago. Pitchfork asked visual artists to interpret each of the songs on it.

I like some of the results more than others. Paranoid Android, Exit Music for a Film, and Climbing Up The Walls all, to my mind, capture the feeling of the music as well as the mood of the lyrics.

I also adore synesthete artist Melissa McCracken’s painting of what she sees when she hears Lucky.

Tom Service on Radiohahms

A video popped up on my Facebook feed recently, of a mashup between Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Radiohead’s OK Computer. I was a little bemused—I love both works, but I got bored of this after twenty-five minutes, in spite of the fact that the playing was good and some of the mixes worked pretty well. A couple of days later, I saw Tom Service’s review in the Guardian. He didn’t like it.

Whereas – oh sweet goodness, whereas – sorry, I’m in the third movement of Hackman’s Bradiohead right now, and – oh God, no! – Hackman’s idea is to show that Radiohead and Coldplay are “the Debussys of today”, by creating connections, as seamlessly as possible, between the textures of Brahms’s symphony and his (technically accomplished, I’ll give him that) arrangements of the pop tracks.