San Diego beatmaker Deep Urth is offering up his latest album in an unusual format: 3D sculpture. Deep Urth, whose real name is Thomas McGilvray, released his new album Reb:Urth on Bandcamp in August, where listeners can buy a digital version of the album. But for $20, that album will come accompanied by a 3D-printed sculpture that serves as an abstract representation of the music on the album.
For McGilvray, using a 3D-printing method of enhancing his album was an opportunity to give listeners something that they wouldn't otherwise find in a new album.
"It was kind of a link to combine two things I love," he says in a phone interview. "I'm an engineer by trade, and I use 3D software to make animations and visuals. I saw what other people were doing with sculptures, and realized it would be a cool thing to combine them with music."
McGilvray says that the sculpture he designed is informed by the downtempo instrumental hip-hop sound of the album, as well as by the natural world.
"The music and sculpture inspire each other," he says. "My overall vision of the art I'm making, I wanted it to be really organic. I'm from Florida originally, and spent a lot of time outdoors. I like that mystique."
McGilvray says this was also a much more cost-effective method of giving listeners something unique, since the cost of pressing vinyl continues to go higher.
"It's an interesting solution for artists that don't have the ability to do something with a big budget," he says. "You can do one model at a time, or you can do 100,000, and it won't cost a lot."
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