WOW is billed as ‘the most minimal record ever made’: ‘The WOW happens when you play several records simultaneously. Since each record player is unique, the tone will alter slightly depending on its mechanical components. In combination these tones create a powerful sub sonic wave field, which you can control by changing pitch on the record players and by touching the spinning records.’ You can hear a sample here, headphones are recommended. The project brings to mind both the Flaming Lips’ ‘Zaireeka‘ (still available) and the drone genre. There’s an oft-told story of a test pressing of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Wedding Album, accidentally sent out for review to a UK publication (the sources differ). Faced with a wall of solid, unwavering tone, the reviewer took a deep breath and plunged in to what they presumed was part avant-garde statement, part exploration of deep, primal sound. According to Wikipedia, Ono and Lennon were delighted and sent the following telegram:
DEAR RICHARD THANK YOU FOR YOUR FANTASTIC REVIEW ON OUR WEDDING ALBUM INCLUDING C-AND-D SIDES. WE ARE CONSIDERING IT FOR OUR NEXT RELEASE. MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT IN SAYING THAT THEY ARE THE BEST SIDES STOP WE BOTH FEEL THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A CRITIC TOPPED THE ARTIST. WE ARE NOT JOKING. LOVE AND PEACE STOP JOHN AND YOKO LENNON.