We’re is kicking off our Spring pledge drive this week and have less than 2 weeks to raise $220,000 in order to keep public television strong in Central Texas! If you haven’t already made a gift during this drive, consider making one today. And when you do, we’ve got some great ways to thank you for your donation that go beyond television and let you experience your favorite KLRU and PBS shows in person!
KLRU and Austin City Limits have teamed up with UK artist and new Austinite Tim Wakefield to showcase his art collection Soundwaves celebrating 40 years of Austin City Limits. Each stunning piece of artwork in this exclusive collection captures the soundwave of a famous recording. Wakefield then customizes the soundwave image into finished piece that represent his interpretation of each song.
Later this month, portions of the ACL Soundwaves collection will be displayed at various locations across Austin. Follow #ACLSoundwaves on Facebook and Twitter for additional details as they become available.
On April 14th to April 26th, the art will be auctioned online with net proceeds benefiting KLRU and Austin City Limits. Featured songs include (click on song title for more about each painting).
UK Artist Tim Wakefield creates stunning artworks by capturing the digital images of famous recordings and customizing them into finished pieces that represent his interpretation of the chosen song. These studio Soundwaves are literally the heartbeat of the song and are what sound engineers work with in the recording studio process.
Wakefield started using these techniques around five years ago as an idea to help raise funds for Nordoff Robbins, the UK charity that specialize in music therapy sessions as a treatment for sick children and adults. Musicians embraced the project and soon Wakefield’s portfolio included artwork that had been countersigned by the likes of Paul McCartney, Queen, Coldplay and George Michael.
“Over the past few years I have seen Austin’s significance in the world of music grow rapidly,” Wakefield said. “British music fans are very aware of the importance and long history Austin has in the World of music and I am very proud to have been asked to be a very small part of the show’s 40th.”
Wakefield has been a regular visitor to Austin over the last few years and will be spending much of his time working on a collection of work celebrating some of the standout performances over 40 years of Austin City Limits.
“I fell in love with Austin the first time I visited and have discovered a whole new side to music that I wasn’t aware of ten years ago,” he said. “It is something that people here have real knowledge and passion about , and the opportunity to see so much great live music keeps me coming back time and time again. “