"How should I listen to Meowface?"
In contrast to listening to music with lyrics, absorbing yourself into the neutral aesthetic of instrumental music provides a unique space where your mind may be compelled to wander, often provoking new thoughts and evoking distant memories. Yes, the Meowface album can be stirring to listen to while cleaning the kitchen or studying, but the ultimate, intended experience for taking in these intricate layerings is to lay back with your comfortable, quality headphones, set devices to "Do Not Disturb," close your eyes (eliminating the distraction of visual input), relax each muscle (especially in the face), and let your thoughts freely explore for the full 38 minutes while inside this fun and curious space.
Big Headphones (fully over your ears)
This album is designed to be listened to in "isolated stereo." "Isolated" means the headphones cover your ears with no outside sounds getting in, and "stereo" means your left ear hears one sound, and your right ear hears a different sound. The secret-in-the-sauce, stereophonic mixing-design of Meowface is exclusively LCR (Left, Center, Right) which means 1/3 of the instruments sound exclusively in the Left ear (9 o'clock pan); 1/3 of the instruments sound in both ears at equal volume (perceived in the "Center," 12 o'clock pan), and 1/3 of the instruments sound exclusively in the Right ear (3 o'clock pan). If you listen to only one of the two headphones, you're only hearing half of the music. 🙃 (No earbud-sharing.)
These three "spaces" are designed to interplay with each other, like three tightly choreographed dancers each whirling about doing their own thing, yet still synced together equaling a bigger thing. "Tamed chaos." 😉
*One of the compositional tricks I used to make this ear-candy that much sweeter is the extended LCR technique of "splitting harmonies," as I say. 100% of all dyadic harmonies as neighbors along Arpeggiation Street are 100% segregated to opposite sides of your head. First dude is whistling a shiny tone only into your left ear, and his neighbor friend is whistling a warm harmony tone only into your right ear. Get it? 🤓
Relax every muscle; softly close your eyes, and listen for it! 🎧 🧐
The Audio Technica M50 headphones (above) are what I used predominantly for listening while crafting each tune, so these particular headphones would actually be the best for the intended resonance; however, I did spend seven hours at the Scottsdale Apple Store sitting on wooden stools making sure each tune sounded good in all the headphones they sell there. (Thanks Scottsdale Apple Store. You guys were rad!!)