As I walked up the dirt slope to the hallowed grounds of Frost Amphitheater–also known as Frost Admit Weekend Only Theatre–alongside a gaggle of barefoot, daisy-chained sorority girls, it came as no surprise that my vision started to blur and my mind began to conjure up hazy, ecstatic fantasies of Woodstock.
While only 18 years old, Gareth Barker has already gained international attention in his newly founded music career. Recently arriving back to New Zealand after months of continent-hopping, Gareth Barker takes a break from the recording of his new album to speak with The Stanford Daily about his music journey so far.
Andrea Slobodien ’13 has been writing songs since she was 6 years old. “I wrote this really silly little tune about dolphins,” she laughed. “They were my favorite animal.” Her piano teacher, who she studied with from five to 18, framed the sheet music for her song and put it up on his wall.
Herndon, a Ph.D student in electronic music here at Stanford, has spent the last five years in the Berlin music scene.
Shoegaze is a musical genre that takes core tenants and instrumentations of rock n’ roll, stretches them like saltwater taffy and passes them through an assembly line of noisy filters and effects that would shame Foxconn. Borrowing much of the distortion and general amplitude from its predecessor, noise pop, and combining it with the droopy, melting song structures of the non-popular dream pop, shoegaze has a knack for making you want to wrap yourself in an Afghan and pass out on a bean bag as you lose track of time while the grinding and whirring reverberates through your impeccably chiseled cheek bones.