Record Release (12-inch) Videos

(2019)

The Record Release 12-inch project was completed in 2019 (6642 vinyl pellets, weighing 180g, were released one at a time over the span of seven years).

The videos are produced with a Max/MSP patch that enable the image series to be played back over any desired duration. The ones I am primarily working with are 33, 45, and 78 minutes—referencing the three standard RPM (Revolutions per Minute) speeds found on turntables. But the patch enables it to be set to play back over any duration: one hour, one day, one week, length of an exhibition, etc.

The rate of playback is determined by the original timestamp of the images of the series that shows each pellet released into the world (on a hand, a ledge, a railing, somebody else’s artwork, etc.). In other words, the playback rate is proportional to the time it took me to release the 6642 pellets.

The audio on the videos consists of: a) the title of each image is spoken by a synthesized text-to-speech voice; b) a sine wave with a frequency determined by the image number, i.e. image no. 1909 = 1.909kHz tone; c) the amount of green and red in each image of series 1 is analyzed and produces a modulation of the tone sound.

The following test videos were use a duration of 33 minutes as a base, and in terms of content use the number of pellets released at the time of testing (6442, just 200 shy of the complete 6642).

1) Record Release 12-inch (strobe A) (12 minutes, 0 to 12)
– voice: Xander, with sine and fm sound

2) Record Release 12-inch (strobe B) (12 minutes, 0 to 12)
– voice: Melina, with sine and fm sound

3) Record Release 12-inch (side-by-side strobes) (three 1 minute excerpts, 0-1, 14-15, 32-33)
– voice: Vicky, with sine and fm sound

4) Record Release 12-inch (side-by-side) (12 minutes, 15 to 27)*
– voice: Moira, no sine or fm sound

PRESENTATION HISTORY
First shown as a video on a flatscreen as part of the exhibition Feedback #4 Marshall McLuhan and the Arts, Valade Family Gallery, College for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit, February 16 – March 23, 2019.

Solo performance, part of the Solo Marathon, Irtijal Festival, at Zouzak Studio, Beirut, Lebanon, March 31, 2019.

Solo performance, Performance, evening curated by Apologies in Advance, also featuring Esther Venrooy, and Bobby Two, at DE PLAYER, Rotterdam, Netherlands, March 16, 2019.

The home page for this project contains more info and links to the various other works connected to this project.

Max/MSP programming by Christopher Willes/Endless Commons. Python programming: Christopher dela Cruz.