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Famous ACL performances take new form with Soundwaves art collection

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Soundwave Austin City Limits Kings of Leon
Kings Of Leon's "Use Somebody." Courtesy of KLRU
Soundwave Austin City Limits Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson's "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys."  Courtesy of KLRU
Soundwave Austin City Limits Kings of Leon
Soundwave Austin City Limits Willie Nelson

As Austin City Limits gears up for its 40th anniversary (which will start airing in October 2014), the beloved television show is embracing a new medium to reimagine some of its most magical music moments. 

Soundwaves, an art collection from English artist Tim Wakefield (who now calls Austin home), marries famous Austin City Limits performances with abstract art. In the exclusive series, Wakefield first takes the soundwave from an iconic song played on Austin City Limits. He then customizes the image into a finished piece of art that represents his personal interpretation of the song.

At first look, the soundwave isn't what will strike you. It's the vibrancy and depth of the abstract piece that catches the eye — the underlying musical essence is a special treat. Willie Nelson's "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys," for instance, is depicted with deep blue hues, fiery golds and oranges. The Civil Wars' "Barton Hollow," on the other hand, takes on the brighter form of pastel pinks, blues, purples and yellows. 

The series also includes the following songs: Kings Of Leon's "Use Somebody," Coldplay's "Yellow," Mumford & Sons' "The Cave," Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," Lyle Lovett's "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)," Robert Plant's "Whole Lotta Love," Emmylou Harris' "Red Dirt Girl," Willie Nelson's "Whiskey River," and Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride And Joy."

On Monday, April 23, several of the pieces from Soundwaves will be available for purchase through an online auction. Additional pieces will be auctioned off at the invitation-only ACL Hall of Fame event on April 26. Proceeds will benefit KLRU. 

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