Lou Reed Reveals 3D Art Installation

His 1975 album of wild guitar feedback and noise has been re-created for a surround sound art installation in California. But will anyone sit through it?

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Lou Reed is reviving his experimental 1975 album "Metal Machine Music" as an immersive surround sound art installation.

He has collaborated with artists Ulrich Krieger and Sarth Calhoun to present the new work under the title "Metal Machine Trio: The Creation Of The Universe".

The original album remains a difficult one to sit through, with Reed apparently acknowledging that even his biggest fans will find it difficult to sit through the hour of noise, feedback and screeches, as you can hear in the player below.

However, collaborator Ulrich Kriger decided to re-arrange the album with orchestral instruments, which inspired Reed to revive the project.

"I was astonished at how brilliant Ulrich was," Reed told OC Weekly. "It was wonderful to have someone understand [Metal Machine Music] to the point they could notate and arrange it."

"It combined the three worlds I was really interested in at the time," replied Ulrich. "And I always heard it as an orchestral piece on guitars."

The installation lets listeners sit between 12 surround speakers while Reed's layers of noise are presented in an all-new 3D setting. It will run at the University Art Museum in Long Beach, CA, until April 15.

Hear a sample track from his original album here:

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    jacobdubya
    Wow. UG posted an article about Lou Reed without mentioning you know what . Maybe they're finally letting it go.
    mathiaes
    jacobdubya wrote: Wow. UG posted an article about Lou Reed without mentioning you know what. Maybe they're finally letting it go.
    The album that must not be named
    RGallagherFan
    It's waaaaay too long winded. But if it were a 2 minute song that led into another it would be good.
    slaveskinJACKET
    Redd_dymond wrote: This is nearly as bad as The album that must not be named. Interesting how Metallica put out a decent EP soon after Lulu was released, and Lou Reed goes and does this. What a load of arty BS. Or maybe I'm just illiterate.
    Or maybe he made this album 35 years ago.
    lVlaniac
    Redd_dymond wrote: Or maybe I'm just illiterate.
    Maybe, because artists like Redd his album Metal Machine Music are the ones that opened the path of noise genre in general.
    DaniArrow
    nice idea to present music in surround sound with like 12 speakers or so. sounds interesting.
    Redd_dymond
    This is nearly as bad as
    The album that must not be named
    . Interesting how Metallica put out a decent EP soon after Lulu was released, and Lou Reed goes and does this. What a load of arty BS. Or maybe I'm just illiterate.