When visual futurist Syd Mead
envisioned the future back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, did he also imagine the soundscapes that would encapsulate his telling renderings? From his detailed Running of the 200th Kentucky Derby
to his imaginative vision of the future of LA, surely the soundscape must also have been considered. We’d like to think that Teengirl Fantasy
would be Mead’s ideal go-to for the sonic future, so it was the perfect match when we collaborated with the duo on the original soundtrack for our Fall/Winter 2016 runway show.
Known for their expansive and emotional take on late-night electronic music, the duo, consisting of Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi, took a peek into the future to create original composed music that’s just as forward-thinking as our Fall/Winter 2016 inspiration. Using the music of Mead’s collaborative films such as Blade Runner
as reference, the pair created a thudding soundtrack intertwined with industrial influences, a barrage of handclaps, and a finale that’s more like a lullaby of the future.
Below, we chat with Teengirl Fantasy about creating music for the runway, the significance of the Blade Runner
soundtrack, and their favorite part of this entire experience.
Listen to Teengirl Fantasy’s Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2016 soundtrack below.
Download the soundtrack for free via WeTransfer or by clicking the link below.
CHLOE DEWBERRY: How did this music collaboration for the Fall/Winter 2016 show come about?
NICK WEISS: When Opening Ceremony came to us with the proposal and concept for the show, I think the words used were “sexy, sci-fi, and Blade Runner
.” That was an easy sell for us.
What was the process like creating the music for the show?
Logan Takahashi: We initially started with about eight or nine different idea tracks that came from three long live jam sessions we recorded with the concepts in mind. We ended up choosing six, and then spent time developing and arranging them together into a whole piece.
How did the show's futuristic inspiration play into the way you guys created the tunes?
NW: We were inspired by Syd Mead's location of the superfuture within a mid-century vibe.
As you know, visual futurist Syd Mead created the imagery for films such as Blade Runner, Tron, and Alien. Did you guys reference any of these films for the music?
Nick: Yes, especially Blade Runner
. I think that soundtrack is kind of already elemental to our sound, so it wasn't hard to incorporate.
Logan: Vangelis' score for Blade Runner
is a masterpiece and a longtime favorite of both of ours. When we were approached with the idea, it felt appropriate.
What are the main differences between creating music for personal use and creating it for a fashion show?
Logan: The main focus during a runway show is on a constantly moving model, so we were trying to always be aware of conveying a sense of forward momentum in the music to match this. Especially when it came to lining up the tracks in a way that maintained a flow, which felt like a constantly upward moving line so to speak.
Nick: There isn't really room for as much of the "breakdown" moment that we usually revel in. The energy needs to stay fluid so the models can walk to it.
What was your favorite part of this entire experience?
Nick: The show!!!
Logan: Yes, finally executing the show at the end and being able to fully appreciating how our work is just one layer of this big thing with so many other people's work and energy all working together.