Negativland Package Late Band Member’s Ashes With New Album
Posted on 19 October 2016
Bay Area experimental band Negativland has lost several of its members over the last two years. Former member Ian Allen died in January 2015, with Don Joyce following in July 2015 and Richard Lyons passing away in April of this past year. While Joyce may have moved on from this mortal coil, Negativland fans now have the chance to own a piece of him forever. Mail order copies of the band’s new album The Chopping Channel, out October 21, will come with two grams of Don Joyce’s cremated ashes. Pre-orders can be found here; check out a trailer for the new album below.
“This is not a hoax,” the band said in a statement to Boing Boing. “We’ve decided to take the Chopping Channel concept to its logical conclusion by ‘productizing’ an actual band member. It is also a celebration of the degree to which no idea in art was ever off-limits to Don, and offers a literal piece of him, and of his audio art, for the listener to repurpose and reuse. We are pretty sure he would have wanted it this way.”
Through the comments on their Facebook page, the band elaborated: “Don’s ashes are not for sale. They are a gift. It’s not a random thing that his ashes are part of the project. They actually fit the concept perfectly. Once you hear it, you’ll understand.” The band also apparently have plans for Lyons’ ashes as well, saying, “Before he died, Richard said to us, ‘whatever you do with my ashes, just make sure it’s different from what you are doing with Don’s (he knew what the plan was), and make sure it’s funny.’”
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