In his collages Town often sought to immortalize contemporary artifacts and the junk that he believed would become the archaeological relics of the future. Music Behind features the back-panel of a TV set. Its pegboard panels were typically used to support the electrical circuitry of radios and stereos. Town dribbles paint down the composition, simulating elaborate electrical wiring. He pastes an Oriental fan and a page of sheet music on either side, as if to intimate the music and dance that might be magically transmitted by the receiver.
Harold Town, Music Behind, 1958–1959
Collage on hardboard, including hardboard backing of a TV set with plastic cone, cardboard package for paint tubes, waxed paper straws, paper labels, stamps and envelope, music sheet, leaf fan, razor blade, thread, fabric, string, Arborite, corrugated cardboard, printed papers, tissue paper, and gouache, 103.2 x 102.5 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa