JOHN LENNON: THE BERMUDA TAPES / iOS APP
PRODUCTION: eyeball, Design I/O
ROLE: SOUND DIRECTOR, Sound Designer, COMPOSER, REMIXER
Co-Directors: Michael Epstein, Mark Thompson
Communications Arts 2015 Interactive Annual Winner
SXSW 2014 Interactive Awards Finalist
Future of Storytelling 2014 Prize Finalist
Paste Magazine's #1 Best Music Album App of All Time
"This album app, perhaps more than any on this list, shows the true potential of the medium as a way of communicating both sound and story."
Remixing and scoring around unheard John Lennon material WAS truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Working closely with co-directors Michael Epstein and Mark Thompson, I oversaw the sound design, cleanup and mixing of a vast array of unearthed archival material for this wonderful iOS app. I also added original score elements and was given carte blanche to create a new exclusive remix out of multiple versions and raw demos of Lennon's incredible song "I'm Losing You."
Equal parts documentary, storybook, album and adventure game, "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes" draws on Yoko Ono’s immense archive of interviews, photographs, demo tapes and artifacts. Net proceeds from the sales of the app support global nonprofit WhyHunger and its “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign to combat childhood hunger and poverty through sustainable agriculture training and feeding programs for children and families.
In the app, fans can choose between two complementary paths. The "play" side immerses users in Lennon’s adventurous ocean voyage to Bermuda aboard The Megan Jaye. Upon arrival, the journey continues in various locales including the Forty Thieves Disco where John first heard the B-52s' "Rock Lobster"— the song that convinced him that audiences were ready for his musical collaboration with Yoko and ultimately, the Double Fantasy album.
The second path of the app is the "listen" side, which contains John's original demos recorded in his hotel room in Bermuda. "John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes" gives fans a remarkable, never-before-heard window into John’s songwriting process. These demo tapes are complemented by visual materials provided by Yoko Ono, including recently unearthed photographs of John and his original hand-written lyric sheets for Double Fantasy.
"John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes" was featured on iTunes and garnered immediate and widespread media attention. The AP applauded the app, noting that "it opens the door to a potentially potent new creative outlet for musicians and the struggling industry."
More information about WhyHunger's campaign "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign can be found at WhyHunger.org/Imagine