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No. Here, you aren’t going to read about Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Josef Albers, Tauba Auerbach, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys or other artists who have been drawn to records and their covers. Here, you are going to read about Marcel Duchamp, Kelley Walker, Yuri Suzuki and another artist who have experimented with vinyl records beyond drawing the album covers.

– The Marantz Turntable, 2002

-Artist: Kelley Walker (American, born 1969).
-Title: The Marantz turntable, 2002.
-Medium: image dematerialized (cd-rom and poster).
-Size: 40.6 x 59.1 cm. (16 x 23.3 in.).

Kelley Walker (American, b.1969) is a digital media artist, sculptor, and installation artist who made it onto New York Media’s top ten list of Greater New York’s artists most likely to succeed. He is well-known for bringing to light important issues of consumerism and politics; he is also fond of utilizing iconic cultural images and advertising media.

Info extracted from Artnet.

– Marcel Duchamp’s Rotoreliefs

Marcel Duchamp, “Rotorelief No. 5 – Poisson Japonais” (recto) (GIF via televandelist.com)
Marcel Duchamp, “Rotorelief No. 5 – Poisson Japonais” (recto) (GIF via televandelist.com)

In 1935, Marcel Duchamp published Rotoreliefs, a set of 6 double sided discs meant to be spun on a turntable at 40–60 rpm. Duchamp and Man Ray filmed early versions of the spinning discs for the short film Anémic Cinéma. A manifestation of Duchamp’s interest in optical illusions and mechanical art, the two-dimensional Rotoreliefs create an illusion of depth when spun at the correct speed. These Rotoreliefs were produced in an edition of 500, and were initially displayed and offered for sale at the Concours Lépine inventor’s fair.

Info extracted from Guggenheim Museum.

– The Sound Of The Earth

The project “Sound Of The Earth” is a piece of work orchestrated by the Japanese artist Yuri Suzuki. The spherical record project from the artist consists in representing each country of the Earth by a very specific sound.

Each country on the disc is engraved with a different sound, as the needle passes over it plays field
recordings collected by Yuri Suzuki from around the world over the course of four years; traditional folk music, national anthems, popular music and spoken word broadcasts. An aural journey around the world in 30 minutes.

Info extracted from Yuri Suzuki’s website and Cb… vinyl record art.

– Submerged Turntable

Submerged Turntable from Brian Lilla on Vimeo.

Evan Holm explained his project with these words: “There will be a time when all tracings of human culture will dissolve back into the soil under the slow crush of the unfolding universe. The pool, black and depthless, represents loss, represents mystery and represents the collective subconscious of the human race. By placing these records underneath the dark and obscure surface of the pool, I am enacting a small moment of remorse towards this loss. In the end however this is an optimistic sculpture, for just after that moment of submergence; tone, melody and ultimately song is pulled back out of the pool, past the veil of the subconscious, out from under the crush of time, and back into a living and breathing realm. When I perform with this sculpture, I am honoring and celebrating all the musicians, all the artists that have helped to build our human culture.”

– Years

-Artist: Bartholomäus Traubeck (Munich, Germany, 1987).
-Description: A record player that plays slices of wood. Year ring data is translated into music, 2011.
-Modified turntable, computer, vvvv, camera, acrylic glass, veneer, approx. 90x50x50 cm.

“A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.” Bartholomäus Traubeck.

– Duet for Leaves & Turntable

Diego Stocco – Duet for Leaves & Turntable from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

Diego Stocco is an explorer of sounds, and the Nature is a source of inspiration behind many of his works.

“One day I bought a turntable to use it for an experiment, but that didn’t turn out as I was expecting.
Then, I noticed the equally spaced ridges on the plate and got an idea for something else. For about an hour I recorded short musical phrases by rubbing leaves against the turntable (the type of leaf, angle, pressure and fold determined the sound), then I combined the different takes together. Every element comes from those recordings, including the bass, kick and snare sounds (shaped with EQ, compression and resonators).”

– Drawing Apparatus

Robert Howsare-Drawing Apparatus from Robert Howsare on Vimeo.

Informed by a background in psychology and commercial printing, Robert Howsare’s interdisciplinary work explores failure and the glitches occurring within systems. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Ohio University.

Drawing Apparatus challenges our notions of drawing, printmaking, and performance. The drawings become documentation of the performance, reminding the viewer of the mechanisms and sounds of the apparatus at work. Printmaking’s ability to create multiples of an image is also referenced in its ability to replicate the designs it creates. Drawing Apparatus situates itself across disciplines and asks us to reconsider our own notions of performance, drawing and printmaking.”

Info extracted from Robert Howsare’s website.

– Vinyl cover with analog light animation

Vinyl cover with analog light animation from Michael Hansen on Vimeo.

By Michael Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark).

“An album cover for the modern classical composer Allan Gravgaard Madsen. My idea was to translate Allan’s sensorial music into a visual experience with elements of sensuality. The two pieces of music is separated on the records two sides. There is not an A- or B-side. Each piece has its own front page; Waves is a visualisation of the music performed by nine trompets. I made it as simple as possible with nine circles on a line. Crystal Tapestry is a pattern of crystals that has no front or back end, it refers to a crystal that merge into it self. Inside I made a visualisation that combines the two sides, a crystalized wave. On the record i created patterns that gives the design a visual sensuality. I made an analog animation with a 50 Hz strobe lamp and made it interact with the music.”

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