ShopLand World: Music for a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets

by Various Artists

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As the initial phase of a wider project to build and operate a park of miniature supermarkets, STR invited an international team of talented recording artists to create music for ShopLand World.

The aim was two-fold. The first objective was for a compilation album to be released which would capture the public's imagination, helping to build momentum and support for the realization of the large-scale (but miniature) tourist attraction.

The second goal was that this same music would then be used within the park itself – broadcast over the mini-supermarket PA systems, in gift shops, concession stands and restroom facilities, and piped out of discrete speakers built into plastic rocks situated next to lines for tickets and attractions to help visitors wait patiently – the general idea is that the music should enhance and augment the total sensory experience of a Discovery Park of Miniature Supermarkets. As you can hear, the sounds on the tape do not reflect the current state of grocery retail environments, but are instead speculative, often designed to guide the listener to a broader, more tolerant understanding of what a supermarket can be.

Additionally, a cassette will be included in our application to the EU Horizon 2020 funding board (from whom we are requesting 60 million Euros), which will hopefully demonstrate our commitment to the project and help to set us apart from other theme park developers who will be competing with us for the funding.

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released July 23, 2019

Cover illustration by Jens Meyer

Additional funding and support will hopefully be provided by the EU Horizon 2020 Initiative.

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The Strategic Tape Reserve, headquartered in Cologne, West Germany, is a fully independent (non-aligned, secular) organization dedicated to the dissemination and responsible management of ferric cassette material and content.

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