Monday, April 13, 2009

when pancakes sound like records...


here's a great 1959 ad for jensen cartridges featuring a comic by virgil partch, known by his signature as VIP. the image reminded me of a performance i saw in liverpool once, i can't remember the 'band name' but they put these large round biscuts on turntables, which created a pretty loud skronky noisescape. it was physical sound and it was a beautiful mess. partch's pancakes reminded me of how much PHYSICAL experimentation went on before the laptop became the environment of choice. i'm not knocking a laptop, but it's rare to see someone perform with one and get their hands dirty at the same time...

obviously the turntable has a great history in art and sound making, but i wonder if partch's giddy jensen cartridge owner might've been the first to put food on a recordplayer and listen... although by 1959 there's a good chance cage, paik, or somebody fluxus had already been there...

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Blogger ArtSparker said...

The drawing style s very similar to early William Steig.

I can relate the physical experimentation with the vogue for steam punk in the pop culture realm.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha! we were just joking about lathe cut pancakes this morning at breakfast ... limited edition short stack.

7:04 PM  
Blogger Zach said...

You might be interested in a fellow, Martin Tetrault, who does similar things with a homemade turntable and homemade records. very physical stuff.

9:27 PM  
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