“Over the years some strange things landed on my desk, and I don’t mean books or VHS tapes, but those that were labelled ‘records’. There was a time that ‘anti-records’ was the big thing. For once you didn’t need to do music as long as the record was a record, in some conceptual way. Due Process’ ‘Do Nothing’ was a blank piece of vinyl in tribute to Cage’s ‘4’33’ and ‘Do Damage’ by the same outfit, contained hand-carved grooves; cut with scissors. GX Jupitter-Larsen of The Haters took things a bit further with a LP with sand, which you had to pour over the vinyl (or CD, as it was also available as a CD version). Or a shoebox with paper to be torn up; a piece of cotton in a small box to be squeezed. A piece of plastic over which the listener had to pour water. I worked in a record store back then and surely some Haters fans were very upset by what they clearly saw as fraud. Those were the days and they are not likely to return, one should think, perhaps assuming all has been said in that department…..”
You can read the full review by Frans de Ward at Vital Weekly (number 1111, week 51) here:
Likely to be one of the smallest lathe cut records ever released! GX and I each recorded an exclusive eight second composition for this project. GX contributed a spoken word piece, whilst I contrasted this with an experimental noise/drone work.
Each clear 1” lathe cut is nestled in a clear PVC coin wallet, with fold-out artwork printed in blue ink onto yellow paper. Every copy comes in a 2” x 2.8” grey drawstring velvet bag, complete with a shrunken QCS promo flyer. Edition of 110 hand-numbered copies (the largest ever edition number on Quagga Curious Sounds!).
Depending on where you live, prices are (GBP):
**PLEASE BE AWARE** This is a handmade and extremely experimental lathe cut record, expect it to be monstrously lo-fi and VERY challenging to play…. HAVE FUN!
A broken 8″ 78 RPM record was roughly put back together with superglue and Polyfilla, brown parcel tape was applied to the disc for additional fun! The record was played back on a 1930’s wind-up gramophone (which is the track featured in this post). It produced a pleasing set of temporary locked grooves, usually changing when the needle ground through the tape and Polyfilla. An intriguing set of new ‘grooves’ were created by the needle running over the section of relatively soft Polyfilla playing surface.
A new anti-record project sees the playing surface of a pre-existing flexi disc carefully spray painted, sanded down and stapled. Much like Anti-Flex released back in 2010, all existing music has been practically been eradicated leaving harsh surface noise if played back (which must be done with extreme caution!).
Each flexi disc comes with a colour centre label which is packaged in a black stickered cardboard sleeve. Every copy includes an additional colour insert printed onto white card. Edition of four hand-numbered copies
A completely unplayable audio CD hand-decorated with enamel paint, acrylic paint, wood glue, parcel tape and ink. Included is a damaged (but potentially playable) ½” reel-to-reel tape loop containing an unknown field recording with a duration of approximately one second.
Edition of one hand-numbered copy.
Vinyl Fetish / Fetish Vinyl
7″ Russian language anti-record made from latex, the only one created which is close to being playable. An intriguing yet sonically abysmal sound storage medium.