Thursday, February 07, 2008

broken music (when a record's like the large glass)...

freighttrainblues1

freighttrainblues2

well, it's been a relatively bad week for mail arriving intact - and packing a record for shipping has definitely become a lost art. yesterday, the third package of damaged records arrived, and it was a doozie. as you can see in the above photos, the record was bopped around so much that chunks of it's recorded material cracked and fell off, revealing some nice matisse cut-out looking areas of its aluminum core. this was especially sad, because the disc was a home recoring of a tune called frieght train blues.

thinking about how duchamp dealt with the cracks in the large glass, i couldn't resist trying to listen to the disc. as the record spun, bits of plastic came spinning off the turntable, the needle lifting every bit of surface that was cracked...it was some seriously broken music...

i recorded the event... you can click here to listen

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3 Comments:

Anonymous JW said...

Gad. Man, that sucks. Yes, I know the feeling too well. The stories, the stories... We should set up a blog just of photos of rare, broken 78s we've received in the mail. I've saved photos of nearly all of them.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous rob mullender said...

glad you recorded it though. sits nicely in the long tradition of gramaphone abuse (almost as old as the gramophone)!

2:04 PM  
Blogger sroden said...

ha, it would be cool to call it broken music, and folks would think it was rare artist designed records and it turns out to be ... broken music! i do like this recording though. it reminds me a bit of the drum and bass record derek bailey made!!!!

5:52 PM  

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