While digital files are fantastically convenient, they’re not very good about offering information about the song, the album, the artist or anything that went into creating the recording. Liner notes–those small font details that come with physical media like CDs and vinyl–are sorely missed by those who want a deeper connection to the music. And let’s not even start about the demise of album artwork.
Enter TunesMap, a company that wants to bring back the liner notes experience for the digital age. G. Marq Roswell, a music supervisor in Hollywood, was most annoyed at the lack of visual and written material with today’s digital music. The company has an interactive display that’s been in development for about a decade and will make its debut next month as an app on Apple TV. It will also work with Sonos systems.
TunesMap not only comes with the usual liner notes material, but it will also provide photos, artwork and links to videos and other material related to the song/album/artist.
For example, a Bob Dylan song might show photos of Greenwich Village from the 1960s and offer lyric sheets so you can figure out what he’s singing. There might also be news clippings of things like relevant gig and album reviews.
Imagine what it must be like to dive into the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill.
The goal, says Roswell, is to provide a near-endless rat hole into which fans can descend.
The app will be free and will work whenever you stream songs on Sonos from Spotify, Apple Music and a number of other streaming music services. It ain’t cheap–have you priced a Sonos system?–but if you want the most immersive musical experience possible, it’s worth considering.
More at the New York Times.