What sort of things do you envision? Even though the mashup sensibility has become something of a cliché, I'd love to put out an album that you could edit and mix and layer directly in iTunes. We did a remix project on a Web site a few years back where we put up the tracks to a song and let people make their own versions. There was something really inspiring about the variety and quality of the music that people gave back. In an ideal world, I'd find a way to let people truly interact with the records I put out – not just remix the songs, but maybe play them like a videogame.
Any other ideas? Well, cover art and all the paraphernalia that come with albums have always been really important to me. I'm one of those people who needs a visual crutch for music. But that stuff is being devalued, since so many people listen on their computers. I've been toying with the idea of replacing album art with moving graphics that would pop up on your computer when you played songs from the album.
Do you ever get nostalgic for the albums of old, the LP and all that? Sure. I'm something of a traditionalist, so I have a soft spot for a record with just a standard side A and side B. But there's simply more room for information with digital media, and it would be ridiculous not to take advantage of that. It's sort of like the difference between a wire recording and a piano roll and a cassette tape. They're different formats, and they inspire different approaches.