Thursday, August 1, 2013

Achim Mohné on Touch Records

Here's a conceptual art single for you. Touch records is always pushing the envelope when it comes to packaging and releasing contemporary composers, but the fact they still appreciate this format is amazing to me. This one is a single sided 7" from Achim Mohné where the A-Side is a digital download and is to be played immediately after the record ends and vice versa, hopefully there's just enough time to run over to the record player or computer every time. A weird way to interact with both machines and I'm interested in how he's creating sound sculpture out of the playing of the medium itself. Something abut magnifying the sound of the dust in the grooves I guess in a way so every record is different? Here's a format that should be exactly reproducible every time but he's flipping that entire idea and then making you hear the whole piece on multiple formats.

What exactly a "small sachet of swarf" is anyone's guess, but it's in there.

Touch says:

Limited edition of 100 copies

“Seite B” – one-sided 7” white label vinyl, hand screen-printed cover
“Seite A” – one track WAV download

“Seite B” is the second excerpt of Achim Mohné’s live set at Kunsthaus Dresden on 24.v.12, as recorded by Arno Jordan (Analog Inn). It has been pressed on a one-sided white label 7”, screen-printed in white ink on white by Berlin-based artist Lukas Julius Keijser, in a hand-numbered edition of 100 copies only. Inside each sleeve you will find a small sachet of swarf, recovered from this record’s cut at Transition Studios, London.

The first excerpt – the conceptual “flip-side” of the single – is titled “Seite A” and available for you to download, once the vinyl has been purchased. This pair of recordings work together like a Möbius tape – the end of “Seite A” is the beginning of “Seite B” and “Seite B” ends where “Seite A” starts… Listen to “Seite A” on your digital player and to “Seite B” on your record player, at 45 rpm.

Mohné started working with record players and other audio playback devices in the mid 90s. He experiments with the space and time intervals inherent in these machines and is especially interested in “music that lies hidden in the medium itself”.

He subjects sound carriers, from vinyl to tape and beyond, to a forensic autopsy - for example, by analysing the dust particles inside a vinyl groove.

Buy Achim Mohné "Seite B c/w Seite A" [One-sided 7" Vinyl + WAV] in the TouchShop

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