If you’ve ever eaten your way through a grab bag of crisps whilst binge watching Twin Peaks or sat slack-jawed trying to work out what exactly it is that’s going on in Inland Empire, you’ll know that David Lynch knows a thing or two about how to utilise sound for maximum creative impact. His films, and television work too, are near-perfect amalgams of sound and vision, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that the bequiffed auteur has hooked up with high-end audio experts Bang & Olufsen for a range of bespoke speakers.
The collaboration has been brokered by the Museum of Modern Art, and the slightly malevolent looking mini rig speakers will be available to buy in the museum’s physical design store as well as on its website. There will also be a month-long Bang & Olufsen pop-up with a suitably Lynchian decor open at MoMA from today — 10 October — through to 11 November.
The Dune director says, “I’m honoured to be part of this special collaboration, adding that Bang & Olufsen has always been known for great sound and great design.” This new release will be the second time he’s worked with B&O on audio equipment, having launched another series of limited edition speakers back in 2017.
The new range features images and details from David’s 1970s series of visual artworks War Between the Shapes as well as material from his 2007 lithographs, the Paris Suite.
Fans hoping for a speaker emblazoned with BOB’s terrifying visage will have to wait a little longer.