An exclusive new anti-record which largely develops an exhibition piece of the same name first featured in Knit Loop and Grate in 2015.
Vinyl shavings and fragments from grinding down a 7″ yellow vinyl single with a cheese grater (which is a lot harder to do than it sounds!) is presented in a 3 x 3” clear zip lock bag. Art work and information is printed in yellow ink onto white paper.
“Sprinkle on your favourite pizza!!!” – playing instructions. 0 RPM for pleasure.
Edition of 6 hand-numbered copies.
Now clocking in at over half a million views and thousands of shares on social media my video has gone well and truly viral! The response and opportunities from it have been astonishing; this includes being featured on BBC Radio Norfolk, ITV Anglia News and numerous online sites documenting my discovery.
The mechanics behind it is simplicity itself: basically any sharp object has the capability to become a crude record stylus and speaker – the classic being a needle and paper cone. As the new polymer note had just entered circulation and social media was already sharing countless articles of people shrinking, pounding, burning and ripping them I think this partly counted for it’s popularity.
By far the most intriguing aspect has been the myriad of videos appearing online of people trying it out for themselves – in essence my video was the catalyst for a brief online micro trend. As an artist this is immensely rewarding: knowing that I’ve altered people’s perception of the polymer note, it’s not only currency but now something with potential sound-making properties.
The photo below was taken during my live demonstration on BBC Radio Norfolk:
The following links are a small selection of articles and write-ups:
Eastern Daily Press
FINALLY: Here is a video from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) trying it out on their plastic notes. Considering they’ve had them since 1988 I’m surprised no one thought of it sooner!
I’m thrilled to announce I’ll have two sound works (The Crank (Acoustic Phonograph Version) and God Save The Compressed Queen) included in Grimsby’s one night annual festival of arts and new media. Further information on this exciting event can be found HERE
It’s great to be working again with the humble 3.5″ floppy disk, this new offering has an epic 21 minute recording crammed into its tiny 1.44mb capacity!
The piece in question is a straightforward field recording captured in what was the lower dungeon cells of the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. A relatively quiet recording to begin with becomes practically inaudible due to the extreme file compression enabling it to fit on the disk. Accidentally a walkie talkie was left near the recorder so there are erratic bursts of murky (and creepy) chatter between museum staff. Occasionally you can almost hear the water dripping from the ceiling onto the cold stone floor too….
Each recycled black floppy disk features a B&W sticker printed onto red paper. Every copy is packaged in a rubber-stamped brown paper A5 envelope that includes a folded B&W A4 insert printed onto either pink or yellow paper. A small zip lock bag containing dust and debris from the dungeon cells comes with every copy: this is to enhance your listening experience.
This floppy disk is self-released in an edition of 10 hand-numbered copies, this can be purchased directly from me:
The original video that has spawned numerous others trying out the same thing with their new polymer five pound note. Awesome!
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A recent experiment of cutting up, deconstructing and reassembling 7″ flexi discs (much like AMK) to create bizarre hybrid records that can be wildly unpredictable to play.
This brief video depicts a sea bass vertebral column playing excerpts from the 7″ vinyl single When I’m Dead And Gone by McGuinness Flint. As always a very simple set-up was utilised: a contact microphone (not seen on this video) provides amplification which is hooked up to a Marshall MS-4 Micro Stack. Essentially a development of Seagull Skull Pickup from June this year, the vertebral column was chosen since the tiny sharp bones are ideal for playback!