Track/Trace

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Track/Trace

9 inches x 13 inches

2016 Mixed-media Sound Objects

Vinyl,motor,electronic circuit,acrylic,Ready-made materials (cup,needle,microscope)

One may produce noise or play music through the physical interaction with the groove. The set was inspired by Luigi Russolo’s Intonarumori, Beliner’s Gramophone, and the Turntable culture.

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This mechanic and form of the work was inspired by Luigi Russolo’s Intonarumori and Beliner’s Gramophone. One may produce noise or play music by locating the arm on the grooves while the knob allows an adjustment of rotation speed. This gesture refers to the one of the DJ locating samples on a vinyl disc during performances. The sound produced is physical, being affected through the combination of speed, pin angel and force. Besides the aural aspects, there is also a visual dimension of the grooves through the microscope.

The very subject of this work based on the topic of obsolete musical technology and ideas of noise in sound art.

On the subject of music technology. The use of vinyl and turntable as instrument is a historic one starting early 1900s. It started with Musique Concrete and artists such as John Cage experimenting pieces using varies speed turntable. Once considered as the highest quality audio technology in Edison , Berliner’s era, the vinyl was replaced by magnetic tape and CDs as technology evolved. This change in the medium and taste in late 20th century , providing a strong resources for the DJ and sampling culture. On the idea of noise, the Futurist envisioned a future with machines and fascinated by the possibility of using the relative sounds in musical composition. Now, we may considered Luigi Russolo’s Intonarumori as a prototype of the synthesiser, running on acoustic mechanism. The fascination of using machine sound evolved into the use of field recording, sound effect in music and composition. The discussion of noise also acted as a foundation towards the discussion of silence and ambient in the last century. With the advancement of digital technology and application of it,both subjects get into the history in Sound Art development while leaving a wide space for experimentation.

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work was shown at Art Basel 2016 Para Site booth, Found and Sound solo exhibition

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Related Reference:

On Luigi Russolo & intonarumori (noise machines)

https://www.moma.org/explore/multimedia/audios/339/4321

The Art of noise

http://www.artype.de/Sammlung/pdf/russolo_noise.pdf