Etched X-Rays; Salvaged CDs & Slow Swells: An Instantaneous Sound Writing Event in 3 Parts

8 Jul 2012

London, United Kingdom


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08 July: Residency/Performance Etched X-Rays; Salvaged CDs & Slow Swells: An Instantaneous Sound Writing Event in 3 Parts With Aleks Kolkowski + Richard Crow + Richard Thomas + Dawn Scarfe Pt 1: noon-4pm + Pt 2: 6pm + Pt 3: 6:45pm + 7:30pm | (S//S Project Space) wegottickets.com/event/168332 pt 1; wegottickets.com/event/168334 pt 2+3 Throughout the day, Aleks Kolkowski - with a cohort of artist/musician collaborators — will concentrate on the creation of three very special releases, each a limited edition of one-of-a-kind records, and each on repurposed and/or unusual media: One of repurposed CDs transformed, together with Richard Thomas, into 45rpm records playable on a turntable; another being recordings cut directly onto x-ray film with Richard Crow. A further collaboration sees Aleks and Dawn Scarfe etching grooves onto glass discs. CD-45rpm releases are £10 each (limited edition of 100)* while x-ray and glass records are priced individually. All will be available in store throughout the duration of the SOUND//SPACE Record Store. *CD-45rpm releases will be sold at a special reduced price of £7 to those with tickets. Residency Salvaged CDs | SUNDAY 08 July | 12:00-4pm (drop-in) | SOUND//SPACE Project Space Part I: £3 (£5 door) | Tickets: wegottickets.com/event/168332 and at door Part I: noon-4pm (drop-in): Aleks Kolkowski and Richard Thomas will in essence turn our Project Space into a ‘live' recording and duplication studio by making a series of one-of-a-kind recordings cut directly onto unwanted CDs whilst in situ at the space. The public is very welcome to watch the progress of this transmogrification in real time. For a meagre entrance fee, watch a record magic up from the aether and onto old and unwanted CDs. If you wish to purchase the record you saw come to into being, you may redeem your entrance fee as a discount on its cost. The remaining releases made during this residency (limited release of 100) will be available for purchase in-store for £10. There will follow a break for refreshment. You are cordially invited to return by 6pm for the concluding part of the project (another ticket is needed). Performance Etched X-Rays | SUNDAY 08 July | 6-8pm (three sets at: 6pm; 6:45pm; 7:30pm) | SOUND//SPACE Project Space Part II + III: £7 per set (£9 door) Tickets: wegottickets.com/event/168334 and at door Part II: 6pm: 'Slow Swells' documents the ethereal sound of the armonica: an antiquated acoustic instrument that consists of a series of tuned glass bowls attached to a spindle. It was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, and is played by touching the rims of the rotating glasses with moistened fingers. Reflecting on the character of sound produced by the instrument, Franklin remarked that its plaintive" tones could be "swelled or softened at pleasure by stronger or weaker pressures of the finger, and continued to any length" (Franklin, 1819, 147). His wife Deborah Read Franklin apparently mistook the sound of the armonica for the music of angels (Sargent, 1857, 30).


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