Frank Zappa about the value of voice (over) and the acoustic experience

From a 1984 interview with the legendary rockstar.

Frank Zappa [1] said:

Videos saturate very quickly.

You can look at a video six times and even if it’s a fabulous video you’ve seen everything that’s in there and you don’t need to see it again.

You’re waiting for the next video that has the girl getting out of the car, midgets, chains, stuff in the ear, stuff in the face, you know, weird hair, clothes, light coming in a weird angle, zippers.

You’ve seen it and you’re ready for the next one.

A record that relates to something that you feel inside you can listen to hundreds of times and it means something to your life.

Videos are disposable, they’re as disposable as television commercials. In fact, that’s what they are, they’re four-minute television commercials for albums.


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Footnotes & Photo credits:

  1. YouTube: Frank Zappa - Interview - 12/8/1984

  2. Photo: Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway by Helge Øverås, January 16, 1977