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  Surface Soliloquy 2013-14  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

This solo performance uses a blank mastering lacquer - the empty disc onto which a new record is cut before pressing it to vinyl, amplifying and resonating this spinning aluminium platter to produce a strictly limited palette of surface noise and feedback. Beginning from an object which epitomises musical silence, the lacquer is explored for its imperfections, vibrated in search of its resonances and eventually its surface distressed and removed by the same needles that amplify it.

In 2013 this piece was performed at Raum, Bologna; The Lift, Milan; Hideous Porta, London.

Forthcoming performances this year include Cafe Oto, London; ICC, Tokyo; Cave12, Geneva & Standard Deluxe, Lausanne.