Apparently, a Ford Factory Can Be a Very Musical Place
It’s no secret that Ford and music go together. Of course, there’s Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally.” There’s also Vanilla Ice’s “Rollin’ in My 5.0.” If you watch a country music video, you’re bound to see a pickup of some kind and there’s a good chance it’ll be a Ford. However, all of that Blue Oval influence comes from its finished vehicles.
Techno music pioneer Kevin Saunderson chose to go a different route in combining transportation and tunes. He drew inspiration from Ford vehicles before they were even built by going to the Michigan Assembly plant to record the sounds of the production lines that crank out the Focus, Fiesta, and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid.
The rhythms, noises, hisses, and whirring he captured are part of his collaboration with Ford called Soundscapes. I wonder if he used any of these in his final mix.
Saunderson said, “I think the main thing was that Henry Ford, by creating the assembly line, created an industry. There’s a connection there. Because musically, I kind of connect that way. I created a sound that created an industry. That was something that drew me here.”
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