Projected Music (Beta SX edition) is a 60-minute videocassette release of an audiovisual meltdown utilizing 2 x 5-inch Projected Music discs. Sutherland’s camcorders and zoetropes are combined with McInerney’s video hardware while Hayhurst’s multilayered 5-inch grooves are mixed into oblivion. All videocassettes come with digital downloads of Projected Music and Projected Reworks.
Projected Reworks is eight commissioned tracks by artists who use the turntable as an instrument. Using only physical copies of Sculpture’s 5-inch locked groove animated picture disc ‘Projected Music’, Dan Hayhurst’s sonic material containing 26 loops are transfigured into new imaginings by some of the most prominent and inventive artists working in the field.
These reworks range from free improvised one-take sessions such as Marriam Rezaei’s effervescent experimental turntablism to Graham Dunning’s cut-up and reconstructed discs utilizing kids 6” discs from the 1960s with aid from his mechanical techno process and sprinkled toasted almonds. Janek Schaefer’s lament is inspired by a web of lies using his two tonearm turntable to spin the grooves in dialogue arguing with each other resulting in them droning on and on. Maria Chavez, having published a handbook in experimental turntable technique, fragments a poetic and almost Basinskiesque lullaby with a sense of (be)longing.
Philip Jeck provides two very different perspectives, the first sounds like a deranged merry-go-round with a faulty motor while the second takes us to even darker distorted territories as he mangles through warped convolutions of manual pitch shifting and lo-fi effects. Tom Richards uses his own invented synthesiser modules which allows him to control the motor of three modified turntables through the use of syncopated voltage control resulting in a 10-minute saga. Me, Claudius’s use of room recordings amplifying through phased guitar amps with blips and lighter sparks feels as if we are present in the room, witnessing every tactile gesture whilst intoxicated by the butane
Music by Dan Hayhurst and above artists Artwork by Reuben Sutherland Compiled by Steven McInerney A Psyché Tropes Release. Copyright. All Rights Reserved. www.psyche-tropes.com
Original zoetrope discs and audiovisual work by Sculpture for Electronic at the Design Museum in London from April 2020. These are some of the earliest discs we used in our live performances, dating from around 2010, and were made by glueing paper to vinyl records. Now, as we use so many images during each show, we don’t stick them to a heavy polymeric substance. Reuben Sutherland has probably made more than 500 zoetrope designs, many lost in chaos, though we try to archive them. The designs are intended to be filmed with a video camera (shooting at 25 fps with an extremely fast shutter speed) suspended above the disc which usually rotates at 45 RPM. Some designs are intended to be rotated at different speeds and sometimes a single design contains elements that work at a variety of speeds.
The exhibition first opened at Paris Philharmonie in 2019.