PMC Commissioned For One-Off Pair of Companion Speakers for Owner of Wu-Tang Clan Album
British loudspeaker manufacturer, PMC, was asked to produce a one-off pair of speakers as part of the sale of the one-off album created b...
British loudspeaker manufacturer, PMC, was asked to produce a one-off pair of speakers as part of the sale of the one-off album created by American Hip Hop group Wu-Tang Clan. The album was recently sold to a mystery private collector for an undisclosed sum in the millions. However, we won't be able to hear the music, as the conditions of the sale stipulate that the buyer must agree not to release any of the album content or artwork to the public for a period of 88 years, and there is no physical or digital duplicate of the music in existence.
[caption id="attachment_11429" align="alignleft" width="320"] Wu-Tang Clan producers Robert "The RZA" Diggs (pictured) and Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh insisted that a pair of the speakers should be included with the album sale.[/caption]
The company hand-built an exclusive pair of its colossal MB2-XBD studio speakers – they are six feet tall, have two 12-inch diameter woofers, are capable of reproducing every musical nuance and audio frequency perfectly, and can handle an awesome 2000 watts—that will allow the new owner of the one-off album to experience the audio exactly as its producers intended.
The album, entitled Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, was recorded and mixed on an identical pair of PMC speakers. It is a retrospective soundscape that threads 31 songs, skits and stories into a 128-minute long aural screenplay. Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is the last album to include contributions by the entire surviving Wu-Tang Clan and represents the apotheosis of the group’s three-decade career. As a one-off album envisioned from execution through to distribution as both a work of art and an audio artefact, the piece is a sonic sculpture presented in an exclusive hand-carved nickel-silver box. It is accompanied by a 174-page manuscript containing lyrics, credits and anecdotes on the production of each song, printed on gilded Fedrigoni Marina parchment and encased in leather by a master bookbinder.
Recorded and mixed exclusively on PMC’s MB2-XBD monitors on Staten Island, New York, the Clan’s producers, Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh and Robert “The RZA” Diggs, insisted that a pair of the speakers should be included within the sale, so that the new owner could hear the piece exactly as it was intended.
Talking about the speakers, RZA said: "In order to curate the experience of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for the collector, we decided to have two PMC MB2-XBD speakers included with the album. These speakers were used during production and mastering and distil this work into its purest form, and in sculpting each beat, each frequency and each flash of feeling, they are themselves a work of artistry."
Miles Roberts, PMC’s head of sales and marketing, added: "It is a real privilege to be included within the project and is the ultimate ‘from studio to the home’ message we aim to convey. The speakers created to accompany the album are an absolute one-off, the likes of which we will never create again. We’re sure the lucky owner will be delighted with the performance."