Remember Calvin Harris’s Humanthesizer video?
It’s predictably going viral, moving towards 100,000 views since it was released yesterday.
And, just as predictably, Harris is getting criticized for being sexist for his use of bikini-clad models.
Computer Music magazine goes further, though, calling Harris a “synth pervert”:
We’re all for experimentation here at CM, but we can’t help feel that synth geek Calvin Harris had something more that technological innovation on his mind when he performed this suspiciously tight-sounding version of his latest single using what can most accurately be described as a workstation keyboard made out of young model types.
We’ve criticized companies in the past for advertisements that are blatantly sexist. For example, when Image Line introduced Deckadance with a shot of a woman’s butt in a thong, we asked if it was the most offensive gear ad ever.
Calling Harris a “synth pervert”, though, is over the top, to the point of being potentially libelous.
I’m not really a fan of Harris’s music, but his video is going to do more to expose Max/MSP, Arduinos, conductive ink & the idea of incorporating the human body into electronic music instruments than anything more “serious” artists have come up with.
What do you think? Does Harris’s video qualify him to be called a “synth pervert”? Or do some electronic music bloggers just need to get out a bit more?