LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye
In the lead up to the release of LCD Soundsystem’s THE LONG GOODBYE—a 5-LP live recording of LCD Soundsystem’s final concert at Madison Square Garden—Melee Media was tapped by Warner Bros Records to design an produce an interactive gallery exhibition featuring never-before-seen photographs, artwork, and behind the scenes video of LCD captured by NYC based photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya over the past decade. The exhibition was on view at Rough Trade Records in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from April 7th through May 7th, 2014.
The exhibition design fused the presentation of priceless music memorabilia with the possibility for LCD’s vast and loyal fan base to reconnect with the band in new and memorable ways. This concept was executed through several touch points throughout the space which included four interactive installations, juxtaposed with large format framed photography and a ceiling filled with hundreds white balloons—an homage to the thousands of white balloons that descended upon the Madison Square Garden audience during the final live show on April 2, 2011.
An exhibit wall featured hundreds of 4″ x 6” photographs of LCD, all available for guests to explore, remove and take home. Over the course of a month, about 1,500 images were taken by guests.
Next was the “LCD Soundsystem Shrine”—a memorial complete with candles, flowers, notecards, and pens—where guests were invited to leave handwritten notes for the band. Over the course of the exhibition, visitors left over 200 hundred unique notes, with messages that ranged from how much they missed LCD, to reminiscences of unique moments at their shows. At the close of the exhibition every note was delivered to DFA Records c/o James Murphy.
The final installation was a multi-user listening station, where guests could receive a first listen of THE LONG GOODBYE and explore the special box set released exclusively on Record Store Day 2014. The set is four hours long, and is considered the “ultimate audio document of LCD Soundsystem’s now legendary final show”. Produced by James Murphy, the five-LP set is said to “bring new life to every note of music played during the epic MSG show,” and serves as a retrospective of their ten year career.