Anthony’s music described as ‘a mirror that made me reflect upon my life and the way I look at art forever.’

M83: Why Music is Contemporary Art


To close the KCRW Radio’s World Festival, Anthony Gonzalez of M83presented a work of art alongside the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Joe Trapanese, and with ethereal vocals by Morgan Kibby. I got a chance to speak with Anthony, and when he humbly asked his friends and fans if they liked the show, the only thing I could say was that it was a gift.

While every member of the audience rose for Midnight City to dance and lose themselves in joy, the entire set brought you on a journey that cannot simply be coined as cinematic but rather a word that represents a visceral embodiment of life. Every multi-faceted audio composition manipulated you so effortlessly that you truly felt emotionally exhausted from a life’s journey. I felt the joy and happiness I had when I was a child, the heartbreak I felt when I lost a friend, and the love I hold for the most important people in my life. The moment M83 began vibrating the speakers, you could feel their honest and selfless presentation of everything they once were, who they are now, and their strength to stay focused, honing a creativity contained by only the best artists in the world.

The tonality and presentation of space, the audio texture, the visual cues, all are mediums composited into a live work on air rather than on canvas. It was the collaboration as a whole that made this afine art piece and has inspired us to further our coverage of music as a form of creative process that most contemporary art magazine’s may not include.

So if I was asked what I thought of the show again, I would not say it was a gift. I would say that it was a mirror that made me reflect upon my life and the way I look at art forever.


Image by Timothy Saccenti


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