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The first Sculpture track from 2001. Made using Yamaha V50 synthesizer and Fostex R8 tape recorder.
Thanks to the London Short Film Festival for inviting Sculpture to play at the opening night at the ICA on January 7th. Recorded it – lots of new as yet untitled stuff, spontaneous electronic modulations and tape collage, and versions of Double Throw and Tooth Lock (aka Plastic Raga) from 2010’s Rotary Signal Emitter LP.
an act of vinyl alchemy not easily surpassed Brainwashed
coolest object since buddha machine Arthur Magazine
adventurous DJs would know what to do with this curious record: spin two copies at any speed and make dozens of new connections Tokafi
kind of incredible “audio video picture disc” :: a picture-disc lp with music pressed into both sides that serves double-purpose as a “self contained film”… the music is all a-grade ; nice, chunky, messy collages of beats (constantly tripping about themselves), squiggly analogue noises, plunderphonic bits, and nice little electronic miniatures … an auspicious debut !!! Mimaroglu
It’d be a mistake to conclude from the vintage of their gear that Sculpture are pursuing a retro analogue agenda. Their purpose is to explore the brain’s perceptual thresholds…Sculpture hover at these sensory junctures, invoking the cortical feedback mechanisms of the brain The Wire
Rotary Signal Emitter
Limited edition of 300 copies!
Sculpture is an audiovisual performance duo from London – electronic music producer, Dan Hayhurst, and animator, Reuben Sutherland.
Sutherland ‘DJs’ with home-made zoetropic discs, intricate concentric rings of illustrated frames, projecting fragments of looping images at 33, 45 and 78 rpm – pre-Edisonian imaging technology combined with a digital video camera.
Hayhurst deploys prepared audio material (found tapes, lo-fi electronics, computer programming, and analogue noise) across 1⁄4” tape loops, hardware sampler, cassette walkman and CDJ deck.
The process is important. a kind of unstable modular collage. style. rhythm. spontaneity. input, output, and a bit in the middle called MUSIC (audible and visible) which requires the computer to be switched off.
We present here an audio video picture disc by Sculpture called Rotary Signal Emitter. It can be played conventionally or as a self contained film. It is also intended to be reusable as part of future performances.
The music: A strange amalgam of found sounds (corresponding perfectly with the found imagery), Plunderphonics, ancient electronic music recalling the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, twisted rhythms (imagine Felix Kubin playing Dubstep), all mixed hands-on on the spot.
Concretion. We’ve settled on a finalised track list for the agglomerative audio CD available from our online store. Precise contents historically fluctuated subject to our capricious nature, but we tire of our plaything and move sideways. DVD media remains unsettled, with sunny spells.
DVDR/CDR double pack. Every one is unique (crafted in plastic) and hand sewn (using a machine) by Reuben Sutherland himself. You can order one from us directly.
On the CD, 15 electronic recordings:
1. return to the riviera
2. plastic infinite
3. spring hook
4. synthetic alteration
5. greenish radiating needles
6. not actual size
7. blasted hillbilly
8. tape hop
9. slot hum
11. angularly accelerated hurling
12. the blundering operator
13. super resounder
15. the horde
GAZE INTO THE FUTURE: it is September 2010 and Dekorder have released a zoetropic picture disc LP by Sculpture. It is called ‘Rotary Signal Emitter’. Details follow in the imminence.