The producer and musician is blurring the lines between man and machine. The New Zealander's video art is an innovative way of making music visible. His new album brings together vocals, electronic music and live instruments.
"I like science fiction," Stanford says when asked about his views on technology. "Parts of the album were written using artificial intelligence." Of course, not all his songwriter and producer friends are thrilled with this development. People in the studios are already worried that creative work will increasingly be done by robots. But Stanford doesn't see such a bleak future. He says he's certain "new jobs will be created at the same time.
Stanford's "Automatica" and "Cymatics" videos offer a glimpse of the future. They push boundaries and take new approaches. "Cymatics" has been viewed 9 million times on YouTube and 45 million times on Facebook. Since the beginning of his career, the musician has always relied on well-known brands for his musical instruments, microphones and headphones. "I took the first money I saved to buy a pair of Sennheiser headphones for 300 New Zealand dollars," he recalls. He says he can no longer remember today what model they were. But what he hasn't forgotten is the headphones' clear sound. He was proud to own them.